- Some APC support groups have stated that a northern Christian would bring about a balanced ticket for the party in 2023
- The groups made this known in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari concerning the joint ticket of the APC
- The support groups pleaded for the president's intervention in ensuring that a northern Christian is chosen as Bola Tinubu's running mate
FCT, Abuja - Some APC Support Groups, on Tuesday, June 21 held a solidarity rally calling on the ruling party to pick a Christian as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate in next year’s presidential election.
In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the groups said only a Christian can enhance the party’s chances, as it will guarantee a balanced, harmonious, and formidable presidency.
Signed by Patriot Ndubuisi Nwogu, the convener of APC Christian Youth Forum, the letter also called on the president and other leaders to give Nigerians a befitting northern cleric that can assist Tinubu and be fair to the rest of the north.
They, therefore, urged President Buhari to intervene and ensure that a Northern Christian is picked to run alongside Tinubu in 20023.
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According to them, this will balance Nigeria's religious and ethnic sensitivities and ensure the nation’s continuous growth and development.
Part of the letter read:
“Mr President, we are convinced beyond doubt that a northern cleric would bring about a balanced and harmonious presidency post-2023.
“To make this happen, we are pleading for your fatherly intervention in choosing a running mate for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“As the father of our great party, we know how passionate you have been about issues that concern the growth and development of the party to ensure that it continues to deliver the dividends of democracy to the teeming population of our great country.
“Mr. President, your love for the party and the country knows no bound. We are grateful for all you have done for the country, and we wish to use this medium to inform you of our unflinching support now and always.
“Mr President, while we anticipate your urgent intervention in this regard, please accept the assurances of our highest regard.”
2023: APC stakeholders protest over purported Muslim running mate to Tinubu
Earlier in the day, thousands of APC members stormed the party’s national headquarters to register their disapproval over reports of a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
The party faithful, under the auspices of Concerned APC Stakeholders Vanguard, said their motive is to bring the attention of President Buhari, national chairman Abdullahi Adamu and other leaders of the party on the imminent plot to foist a Muslim-Muslim ticket on the APC.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi and Hon. Bako Lucas, the group’s national coordinator and secretary, they noted that a Muslim-Muslim ticket is insensitive, considering the number of Christian members that have sacrificed tremendously for the growth of the APC.
2023: Youth groups nominate Yakubu Pam as APC vice-presidential candidate
In a related development, some prominent youth groups in the country under the aegis of Nigerian Youths Coalition (NYC), have cautioned the APC not to present a Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The groups made the demand at a press conference in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Monday, June 13.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the coalition, Aare Oladotun Hassan, president of NYC, and Comrade Sabastine Danjibril, the spokesman of NYC, urged the ruling party to pick Reverend Dr. Yakubu Pam as the running mate of Tinubu.