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Why Tinubu Might Choose Former Emir Sanusi Lamido as His running Mate for 2023 Presidential Election

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Following the recent launch of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju, a pro-Tinubu political advocacy group in Lagos, the stage appears to be set for Bola Tinubu to declare his intention to run for the office of the President of Nigeria.

According to the President of SWAGA, Dayo Adeyeye, over 12million voters in the South West have already committed to voting for Tinubu should decide to run for office in 2023. He also revealed that 16 All Progressives Congress Governors are covertly rooting for him.

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However, Tinubu’s chances to emerge as President will be significantly boosted by who he chooses as running mate. It is a decision he has to make with a lot of carefulness. One name that has come up recently is the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

This report will analyse the major reason why Tinubu may choose Sanusi as his running mate.

Tinubu needs a strong Northern Muslim to help him win over the votes of core northern Muslims  

A lot of people have suggested that Tinubu being a Southern Muslim should choose a Northern Christian as his running mate. But if he does, he might lose millions of votes from the core North. At best a Northern Christian candidate will help him win four Northern states- Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa and Benue. But with a strong Northern candidate, he can win as much as 15 Northern states.

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And Sanusi has the credential to fit the bill. He is a core northerner. He is a Muslim and then he is an influential Northerner with a lot of sympathy among those who feel that he was treated unfairly by the Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje.   

Sanusi is from Kano State- the state with the highest voting population

Another reason why Tinubu might choose Sanusi is that he is from Kano State which has the highest voting population in Nigeria. At the last election, Buhari got over 2million votes from Kano, Tinubu could achieve the same feat with Sanusi on his ticket. More so, Sanusi could guarantee Tinubu overwhelming support from the North West which has huge voting populations.  

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