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Look beyond religious sentiments, APC leader urges voters


The All Progressives Congress, Kogi State chapter, has instructed its supporters to look beyond religious and ethnic considerations in electing the party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

Tinubu introduced Shettima, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.

APC Kogi State Chapter Chairman Abdullahi Bello in a phone conversation with our correspondent in Lokoja, Kogi State threw his weight behind the Muslim-Muslim ticket party.

He described it as an indication that the political system has risen above religious and ethnic sentiments.

Bello said: “I don’t see anything wrong with Asiwaju’s choice of Shettima as his running mate. At best, the development is just history repeating itself as there was a similar scenario in 1993 when MKO chief Abiola ran on a joint ticket with fellow Muslim Babagana Kingibe.

“It is common knowledge that the best election ever held in the history of this country was a Muslim-Muslim ticket. There is nothing special about the current situation. Rather, it shows that our democracy is rapidly evolving and rising above religious and ethnic considerations.

He called on voters to set aside religious considerations and vote for jurisdiction for the good of the country.

“We should not focus on the religion or ethnicity of Tinubu and Shettima, but on their pedigrees as indisputable winners of their respective rights.

“Tinubu more than any politician has built human capacity and should be given the chance to repeat such a feat at the national level,” Bello said.

He added: “No one could fault Tinubu and Shetima for being outstanding personalities and experienced politicians who had both touched lives in various ways while serving as governors of their states, adding that they would do the same when they had the chance.”

Also speaking, ex-legislator Duro Meseko, in an interview with our correspondent, said that no one can say that Tnubu is a religious fanatic, he participated in church programs. His wife of several years is a Christian and even a senior pastor of the redeemed Christian church. He had not imposed his religion on any member of his family.

Meseko, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Kogi State, said the Nigerian should not consider the religious backgrounds of the two individuals, rather Nigerians should consider what they have done in their respective statement when they were there as governors.