Muslim-Muslim: "I would not Be Pressured to Drop Shettima" says Tinubu - Focus News

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Muslim-Muslim: "I would not Be Pressured to Drop Shettima" says Tinubu


Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has made it known to all Nigerians that he is not going to drop Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate for the General election comes 2023. He said, he would not be put under any pressure to drop the former governor of Borno state as his political partner.


The national leader of the party made this declaration Wednesday, in Lagos state during the press release of his spokesman for the Bola Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Mr Bayo Onanuga.


In his statement, "That is not possible. There is nothing like that going on in our camp. We have seen this move before, all these campaigns to pitch us against fellow Nigerians. It happened in 1993, and the result was clear. There was pressure from several quarters for (MKO) Abiola to drop (Babagana) Kingibe because of his Muslim background.


“I pray people will come back to their senses to discover that what they should be looking at is not religion but competence of the candidate to deliver and take the country to a greater height. They will soon realize that. As I said earlier, there is no likelihood that our presidential candidate will drop Shettima. He has selected him, and Shettima will remain. He is a cool candidate. Either of them can be a president,” Onanuga said.


The decision of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu to choose Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate for the next general election  has generated a lot of criticism from the party oppositions,  and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)


The point of criticism by the concerned Nigerians is the fact that APC will be having a Muslim-Muslim ticket contesting for the presidential seat that will be piloting the affairs of the country which is quite against the normal convention of Muslim-Christian.


However, this is not first of its kind in the history of national election as it has happened before during 1993 general election.


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