Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the presidential candidate of All Progressive Congresses (APC) Bola Tinubu, if elected, will work to bridge religious and ethnic divisions in the country.
Mr Ganduje said party leaders had advised Mr Tinubu to choose a Muslim running mate in order to fight religious fear and division in the country.
He told the BBC Hausa Service on Friday during a campaign visit to the Hausa community in Osun state that the APC had opted for a Muslim Muslim ticket to overcome overriding religious sentiments in the country.
“We advised the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to choose a Muslim for us (Nigerians) to overcome our fears and put behind us things that we believe divide us, and we need to start something. to face the future,” said Mr. Ganduje.
If we don’t start it now (by electing competent people regardless of their religious beliefs), it will be difficult for us to solve the problems in the future.
At the community rally, Mr. Ganduje said that Mr. Tinubu would be president of all Nigerians regardless of religion and ethnicity.
The governor said Nigeria’s problem is not religion but development issues like unemployment, intolerance and economic development.
“We the Northern APC Governors have agreed on a transfer of power to the Southern region, we are refraining from running for the presidency as one of us is completing two terms.
“We did not say that any particular person from any particular group or tribe should be the next president,” the governor said.
“There is no need to be alarmed over the Muslim Muslim ticket both Muslims and Christians we are all created by God we are Nigerians the administration if elected will focus on resolving of our common challenges,” Ganduje said.
The APC presidential candidate, Mr Tinubu, chose a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima. Just like Mr. Tinubu, Mr. Shettima is Muslim,
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The decision drew strong reactions among Nigerians. Many people, especially in the Christian-majority south of the country, see the decision as insensitive
Among those condemning the decision are Christian leaders of the ruling APC in northern Nigeria, who said they could not in good conscience campaign for their party in their constituency.
The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and convince the party to change the decision.
Furthermore, a former Federation secretary, Babachir Lawal, called Mr Tinubu’s choice of Mr Shettima “satanic” and “dead on arrival”.
Mr. Lawal had, in a recent statement, criticized Mr. Shettima’s choice as the APC’s vice-presidential candidate, alleging that it was a Greek gift to Mr. Tinubu.
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