- Islamic adherents in the southwest region have been given a directive by the Muslim Rights Concern to vote Bola Tinubu
- The Islamic group's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said that the Yoruba Muslims have been suffering for decades
- He said the group's support for Tinubu was hinged on the fact that the APC presidential candidate is the only known contestant from the region
FCT, Abuja - The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has disclosed that Muslims in the southwest region have no other option than to support the candidature of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to become president in 2023.
Akintola who addressed journalists at the sidelines of a send-forth and book presentation organised by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), said that the Yoruba Muslims have been suffering for decades.
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He added that those who have either become president or vice president from the region are Christians.
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The call for support for Tinubu, according to him, was hinged on the fact that he (Tinubu) he is the only known presidential candidate from the region.
“MUSWEN endorsed the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and I want to affirm that MUSWEN has no other choice. They don’t have any other alternative.
“MURIC has said it earlier that we are supporting a Muslim presidential candidate from the southwest. Because, the Yoruba Muslims have suffered for decades. All those who have been either president or vice president are Christians.
“From Obasanjo to Diya to Shonekan and now to the current Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, all of them have been Christians.
“At this time, we are supporting MUSWEN for endorsing Tinubu. MURIC has said it earlier that we want a Muslim presidential candidate and since Tinubu has emerged as the APC candidate, the southwest Muslims has no other choice than to support him.”
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Meanwhile, the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) is set to unveil a crowdfund app to mobilise funds for Tinubu and his running mate, Senator, Kashim Shettima.
A statement by the PCC sent to Legit.ng on Monday, November 28 said the app will afford Nigerians the opportunity to poll financial resources to back Tinubu, who is reputed for assembling the best crop of administrators in the history of Lagos state.
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On his part, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal on Thursday, November 24 alleged that Tinubu said campaigning in the southeast was a waste of time and resources during the party’s primaries.
Adamawa-born Lawal made the comment while speaking on a political programme aired on Channels Television, saying:
“During the convention, he didn’t even allow us go the southeast. He said it was a waste of time and money.”
2023: Tinubu risks losing Kano over APC crisis, says Ado-Doguwa
In a related development, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has raised an alarm over the crisis rocking the APC in Kano state, warning that the ruling party may lose the presidential election in the state in 2023.
Ado-Doguwa made the comment at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, November 4.
According to him, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had left the APC structure in Kano in the hands of those who were disorganising the party.