2023: Osinbajo Clashes With APC, Tinubu Over Muslim-Muslim Ticket

2023: Osinbajo Clashes With APC, Tinubu Over Muslim-Muslim Ticket

  • The adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the presidential flagbearer of the APC has ignited a new wave of tension in the party
  • The move by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is said to have irked Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo
  • The vice president is known to have always been a vocal voice against same ticket even as far back as 2014

FCT, Abuja - Following Bola Tinubu's decision to pick a Muslim running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is said to have warned that such an adoption would not augur well both for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the nation.

An informed source disclosed that Osinbajo expressed a serious objection to the adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling party.

VP Osinbajo has been an advocate of religious balance at the federal level since 2014. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/AFP
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The source said:

“Prof. Osinbajo is opposed to this thing announced on Sunday, and his objections are well known both to the party and even the flagbearer himself.”

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The source disclosed that the vice president had opposed a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2014, even before what later turned out as his own eventual nomination, and he still holds the same views till this moment.

The vice president was reportedly quoted to have said:

“Anything short of a balanced ticket would create needless tension and further aggravate some of the country’s already sore fault-lines.”

Already, there are fresh talks of political realignments of the vice president's camp with the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Both camps are said to be discussing on what is seen as an opportunity to offer a credible and faith-balanced option in next year's presidential election.

Another source said a meeting to explore such a possibility is now in the works.

Also, Christian leaders including major denomination heads are now said to be considering reaching out to eminent Nigerians, a former president and even top party chieftains across some of the leading political parties in the country on the need to offer the Nigerian electorate another option which does not relegate any religion to second class.

Another source said:

“APC may have shot itself on the foot with this kind of ticket, and the tensions going on in the party and the country since the announcement was made is a bad thing.”

2023: Aisha Yesufu berates Tinubu for choosing Muslim running mate

On her part, rights activist, Aisha Yefufu has berated Tinubu for choosing a Muslim running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Sharing her thoughts on Tinubu's action, Yesufu said the decision of the APC presidential candidate is not justifiable.

She further stated that a Muslim-Muslim ticket is an insult to fairness, equity and justice.

2023: Middle Belt Youths reject APC's Muslim-Muslim ticket

Similarly, the forum of Middle Belt Youths have described the adoption of Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC choice as a slap to the north and an insult to Nigerians.

President of the forum, Terrence Kuanum in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, July 11 stated that the youths received with sadness and utter disappointment the decision of the Tinubu to pick another Muslim as his running mate.

The group further said the decision is a clandestine way to say Christians, especially from the north are bereft of competent people.

Source: Legit.ng

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