Muslim-Muslim Ticket: APC Candidate Carpets Tinubu/Party
Reactions have continued to trail the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A chieftain of the ruling APC in Adamawa State, Mr. Vrati Nzonzo has added his voice in condemning the Muslim-Muslim ticket for the Presidential election of his party.
Mr. Vrati speaking to some journalists in Yola, yesterday, said “the decision to adopt a fellow Muslim as running mate by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will have grave consequences for the party, particularly amongst Christians in northern Nigeria.”
Hon. Nzonzo, who is one of the party’s House of Representatives candidates in the forthcoming general election in Adamawa State, vehemently condemned Shettima’s selection, as the Vice Presidential candidate for the party stressing that the choice of Shettima amounted to insulting the sensibilities of Christians in Nigeria.
He said, “let me be as blunt as I can be, I’ll not hesitate to show my displeasure over the decision of my party, the APC, to make our presidential ticket a religious affair.
“Making it a Muslim-Muslim affair has brought to the fore the issue of religion in our politics in Nigeria”.
He noted that “the governor of Kano Abdullahi Ganduje was saying before it happened that Tinubu has promised to give them a Muslim VP from the North. Several other notable names have corroborated.”
Nzonzo wondered why the Muslim-Muslim ticket, as according to him the ticket places integrity questions on Tinubu’s version of Islam.
“Does it mean Tinubu is not Muslim enough, are we having two types of Muslims or what is the issue?”, Nzonzo probed.
He maintained that the controversial ticket is capable of truncating the party’s chances in the North.
“Why this issue has caused more damage than good is because for Tinubu is all about winning election, without recourse to whether it is right or not.
“Now what becomes of people like me who are Christians and candidates on the APC platform. Are we now saying Christian votes don’t matter, if they don’t are you now not telling them not to vote for me?
“Because I’m in APC and my party has refused to recognize or to be fair to my faith and it’s people in Northern Nigeria. And it’s not only me, a lot of other contesting Christian candidates of the Christian stock will also be victims“, he lamented.
Nzonzo, however, pleaded with the electorates across the country who may have been irked by the choice not take it out on other APC candidates, “because it won’t be fair to punish us for Tinubu’s sins”, he averred.
This article was originally published on Naija News