- The crisis over the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the APC deepened last week as some members had vowed to campaign and vote against the party in 2023
- This was relayed at the APC Northern Christian Leaders Summit convened by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal
- In a twist, Bola Tinubu has decided to ignore the noise about his choice of Kashim Shettima and set his eyes on the goal ahead; the September election campaign
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s choice of Kashim Shettima as his running mate has become a major issue on his neck.
Ahead of the 2023 general election, there are strong indications that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may look beyond threats from former Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara and ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, Daily Independent reports.
This is as the duo had vowed to mobilise northern Christian electorates to vote for other candidates.
The Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket
The development is coming against the background of strong opposition against Tinubu’s preference for a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket, which has pushed him against the Christian community in the build-up of the general election.
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It could be recalled that some northern APC Christian leaders on Friday, July 29, further called on Nigerians not to vote for any joint ticket that does not represent Christians and Muslims, saying Tinubu has made a fatal error that could end his ambition in February’s poll, The Punch report added.
Tinubu's men react, ignore threat
Reacting in separate interviews, Tinubu’s men dismissed their threat as the rants of disgruntled party members, who were merely trying to incite Nigerians to cover up the frustrations of losing out to a better candidate.
This is even as they reassured that their principal has commenced consultation with relevant religious leaders and organisations.
Director of Media and Communications, Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga disclosed that he was amazed that responsible leaders such as Lawal, Dalung and Dogara can stoop low to spew such hateful words.
Onanuga, however, reassured that his principal is reaching out to religious bodies and leaders to assure them that he has no ulterior motive when he settled for a Muslim running mate.
“The Tinubu-Shettima ticket is a political one, not what Babachir and Dogara are portraying. We also know it is only a matter of time before they decamp.”
2023: El-Rufai denies news of Oshiomhole as Tinubu’s campaign DG, reveals party’s stand
The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has denied the news that the party's former national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, is the director-general of the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While speaking in Abuja on Monday, August 1, the Kaduna governor revealed that the DG has been picked.
El-Rufai speaks after the meeting of the APC governors and the standard bearer of the party, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, adding that other positions are being discussed.
Keyamo gives verdict on APC's Muslim-Muslim's comment from Christian party members
Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has said there is no official stratification of northern Christian or Muslims within the ruling APC.
Keyamo made the comment while reacting to news that some northern Christians within the ruling party have rejected the APC's Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
The minister disclosed that no member of the party joined the platform on different faith.