- APC presidential candidate has maintained that his reason for picking Kashim Shettima is strategic, not religious
- He made this disclosure during a meeting with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja
- While defending the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Tinubu stated that he has no intentions to Islamize Nigeria as he noted his Wife and Children are Christians
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has dismissed fears over his same-faith ticket, saying he has no agenda to Islamize Nigeria.
Tinubu made this remark on Wednesday, November 16, during a presidential interaction session with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Tinubu speaks on Muslim-Muslim ticket
In a video shared by The Nation, the APC candidate who was accompanied by his wife, Oluremi; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, governors, federal lawmakers, and some chieftains of the party said,
“Right sitting next to me is my wife, an assistant pastor. I cannot dare contest for this presidency against her in my house, because I’ll lose the election.
“At my residence in Bourdilon, they all go to church and leave me alone.”
2023 presidency: List of demands CAN leaders present to Tinubu during Abuja meeting
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja.
CAN had initially stood against Tinubu for fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket after choosing Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state, as his running mate.
However, during his meeting with the leadership of CAN under the new president Daniel Ukoh, Tinubu explained why he picked Shettima and assured the Christian leaders that he won’t run his administration on the religious bias if elected in 2023.
APC’s same faith ticket: Babachir Lawal makes strong allegation against Tinubu
In another previous report, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal made a sensitive allegation about the ruling APC’s same-faith ticket.
In the buildup of the 2023 general elections, Lawal alleged that in his desperate bid to convince the electorate to accept the same faith ticket, Tinubu procured fake Christian groups to divide the church.
The ex-SGF made the allegation in a press release made available to journalists disclosing that a number of Nigerians have reached out to him and former Speaker Yakubu Dogara to convince them to accept the same-faith presidential and vice presidential ticket of the APC which the duo has vehemently opposed and negotiate with the party.