2023 Presidency: Tinubu Finally Reveals Why His Friends Are Criticising Him

2023 Presidency: Tinubu Finally Reveals Why His Friends Are Criticising Him

  • Bola Tinubu has revealed that some of his past allies are now against him because he refused to consider them for VP
  • Recall that Tinubu's choice of Shettima, a fellow Muslim had generated a groundswell of opposition from many Nigerians
  • Tinubu also dismissed the claims that he planned to Islamise Nigeria with his choice of Shettima as the Vice-Presidential candidate

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has finally opened up on the criticsm he faced after picking Kashim Shettima as his running mate.

According to the former Lagos state governor, most of those criticising were close to him and that they had indicated interest to become his running mate.

Tinubu speaks on choice of Shettima
Tinubu claims his critics over Shettima also wanted to become VP. Photo credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Source: Twitter

Tinubu spoke during an interactive session with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Abuja, led by Archbishop Daniel Ukoh.

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The APC standard bearer’s choice of Shettima, a fellow Muslim and former Borno state governor had generated opposition from many quaters.

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Addressing Christian leaders at the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, he said:

“People have reacted harshly to my selection. They are because they are my friends, they lobbied me and wanted to be my running mate but I bluntly rejected them. The rumour that this is some plot to suppress the Christian community is untrue and unfortunate. I don’t have that kind of agenda. The bucks stop on my table, not on the vice- president’s table unless so delegated. He cannot even forgive convicted inmates if I don’t delegate the power to him. What is the vice- president?
‘’I can no more suppress the Christians of this nation than I can suppress the Christians in my own household, my very family. I dare not contest the presidential position in my house because I will lose, they are all Christians. If I did not Islamise my family, I cannot Islamise Nigeria. It is awful to hear such allegations. We cannot make progress if we continue to follow that path in the country. Religions will not help us. It won’t do any good to us. “

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Soludo in an article titled ‘History Beckons and I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1)’ dismissed Peter Obi's presidential ambition, insisting that Obi will will not win.

However, a section of Nigerians believe the Anambra state governor is a realist and his position on Peter Obi is valid.

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The former Anambra state governor said this in an interview. According to Peter Obi, the country meets the two ingredients of a failed state.

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Going further, Obi said good leadership should be able to identify the major problems facing the country and solving it.

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