- The Christian Association of Nigeria has been lambasted for criticising Tinubu over Muslim-Muslim ticket
- Christ Shiloh Ambassadors of Nigeria, a Christian group, faulted the highest Christian body over their stance
- The group said religion should not be a yardstick to decide whom to vote for in the 2023 presidential poll
A group, under the auspices of the Christ Shiloh Ambassadors of Nigeria, has said there was nothing wrong in the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, picking a Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, had picked a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shetima, as his running mate. His choice of running mate had been greeted with criticism from different quarters across the country.
In a statement issued by the by President of the group, Pastor Ade Odusola and the General Secretary, Pastor Felix Rawa, after their general meeting and made available to our correspondent, the group said religion should not be a yardstick to decide whom to vote for in the 2023 presidential poll.
The religious group implored Christians to pull their weight behind Muslims/Muslim tickets of Tinubu and Shettima, stressing that “democracy is a game of numbers and to win, every measure and all the calculations should be put in place.”
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The group maintained that not all Christians were in support of the position of the leadership of CAN on the Muslim-Muslim ticket issue.
It read, “Not all the Christians are members of CAN and not all members of CAN are in support of what its leadership are doing currently.”
2023: New CAN president states position on Muslim-Muslim ticket, sends message to Buhari
Meanwhile, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
Okoh stated his position acceptance speech in Abuja on Thursday, July 28.
The new CAN president said many Christians feel and have the genuine fear that there is a deliberate plan to remove the Christian faith from the scheme of things and make them second-class citizens in Nigeria.
According to him, the fear was borne out of the recent happenings in the polity; particularly "the same-faith ticket in one of the major political parties in Nigeria despite the caution raised by CAN since two years ago.”
2023: Disqualify Tinubu, Atiku - Ex-minister tells court
The former minister of education for states, Emeka Nwajiuba has called for the disqualification of APC and PDP presidential candidates Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar.
The ex-minister accused the duo of voter inducement at the presidential primaries that produced them as candidates of their respective parties.
The new development will serve as another challenge for the two top contenders heading into the 2023 presidential polls.