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Friends criticising me lobbied for vice-president slot – Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, stated on Wednesday that people criticizing his pick of Kashim Shettima as his running mate in the 2023 elections had sought him for the position.

He stated that the majority of them were his close associates and that they had shown interest in being his running mate, an offer he claimed he flatly rejected.Information Guide Nigeria

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In Abuja, Tinubu addressed the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, led by Archbishop Daniel Ukoh, during an interactive session.

The selection of Shettima, a fellow Muslim and former governor of Borno State, as the APC presidential candidate sparked widespread resistance and criticism from many Nigerians, including the leadership of CAN.

Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary of the Government of the Federation and close associate of Tinubu, was one of the critics of the Muslim-Muslim ticket. He criticized the decision as “a fatal miscalculation.”

Yakubu Dogara, a former speaker of the House of Representatives who rejected the concept, urged Christians in Nigeria not to vote for the APC candidate in the 2023 election.

Fr. Mathew Kukah, a prominent Christian leader and bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, stated that it was insensitive for the ruling party to settle for a same-faith ticket while squandering power and misallocating chances in 2015.

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The former governor of Lagos State, however, addressed Christian leaders at the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja and refuted charges that he intended to Islamize Nigeria with his choice of Shettima as the Vice-Presidential candidate.

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?

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‘’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.

“Why a Shettima? Why the same faith ticket? These are irrelevant to the well-being of our country. I did not choose him so that we could form the same faith ticket. I chose him because I want a progressive government and people-based ideology ticket.

“I chose him thinking of who will best help me govern than who will best help me worship. Picking a Christian running mate would have been politically easier but that is not my way. The easy way is rarely the right one. The selection of a running mate is at once a very momentous yet very intimate decision.’’

Appealing for the Christian leader’s support, the former Lagos State governor stated, ‘’We are all here and witnessed Obasanjo and Atiku publicly fighting. We are asking for your votes; think twice, look at our records, and the way we have behaved in one office before the other before you take a decision. How best has a Christian and a Muslim President worked for Nigeria? Maybe one of these days we will have a Christian/Christian ticket. The person that I know will help me in the election is the person I have chosen.

He added that he relied on the element of the constitution that advocated unity, adding that he did not seek the presidency on the basis of his religious beliefs.

Tinubu emphasized that anyone who does not believe in the equality of all individuals should not run for president of Nigeria.

He added, “I seek to become President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria neither on religious grounds nor on faith. I depend on the prefix of the constitution of Nigeria: ‘’We the people of Nigeria, we agree to choose democracy.’’ Nigerians as equals and as brothers and sisters in our national family.

‘’This means no one is inherently inferior or superior to anyone else, regardless of faith, place of origin, social status, and gender. Anyone who does not hold this fair and equitable view should not run for president in a country such as ours. My belief in the need for secular government and faith-based organisations to work in unison is not something adopted recently to benefit my campaign.”JAMB Result

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