2023: It’s ‘irresponsible’ for Tinubu to choose a Muslim running mate — APC senator

Adamawa Senator Elisha Abbo has withdrawn from organizing Bola Tinubu’s presidential campaign following the decision of the presidential candidate of Congress of All Progressives (APC) to choose a Muslim as running mate.

Mr Tinubu had announced Kashim Shettima, a Muslim and former governor of Borno state, as his running mate in Daura, Katsina state on Sunday.

In a later statement, he explained that he listened to arguments from both faiths, but opted for the former Borno governor based on his competence.

Mr Abbo, in a statement on Monday, called Mr Shettima’s choice “irresponsible”, noting that he cannot in good conscience campaign for the former governor of Lagos state.

Mr Abbo said the APC presidential candidate rejected a report submitted to him on a possible Christian running mate.

The lawmaker, infamous for assaulting a woman in a toy shop, said Mr Tinubu prioritized political survival over the country’s stability and peace.

“It is very irresponsible of Tinubu to put his political survival ahead of Nigeria’s stability and peace.

“For Tinubu to now get the ticket and turn around to do what he was unable to accomplish in 2015 despite opposition from Catholics and other Christian leaders is extremely irresponsible.

“We sat down in Abuja and strategized, and we concluded that he shouldn’t take a Muslim as his running mate. He (Tinubu) threw the report away,” he said.

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Mr Abbo added that as a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), he is of the view that a government of the same faith is “illegitimate”.

“My conscience will not allow me to campaign for Tinubu. I am a CAN member; I can’t deny CAN. I stay at APC. But I will put the survival of my country before political considerations.

“We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose the Christian-Christian ticket because I am invested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims in this country. The country is evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. Thus, any Muslim-Muslim government will be illegitimate and will never earn the respect of Christians.


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