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Tinubu’s Choice Of Running Mate ‘Irresponsible’ – Ishaku Abbo

The senator representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, has criticized APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for choosing a Muslim as his running mate, saying, “It is very irresponsible of Tinubu to take his political survival over the stability and peace of Nigeria.”

Since then, Mr. Abbo has resigned from his support of Tinubu due to the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket. The senator told Peoples Gazette over the phone on Monday morning that this was true.

“For Tinubu now to be given the ticket and turn around to do what he couldn’t achieve in 2015 despite opposition from Catholics and other Christian leaders is extremely irresponsible,” the federal legislator added.

He charged Mr. Tinubu with refusing to seek advice from the opposition over his desire to run for vice president and President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 choice of a Christian running partner.

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“Buhari fought a civil war and understands the consequences of a divided nation. When Tinubu wanted to be VP in 2015, Buhari said no because he understood the importance of unity,” explained Mr Abbo.

On Sunday, Mr. Tinubu declared Kashim Shettima, a senator currently representing Borno Central and a former governor of Borno, as the vice-presidential candidate for the APC.

Mr. Abbo described how he met with a support group in Abuja to look for Mr. Tinubu’s running mate. According to Mr. Tinubu, the committee came to the conclusion that he should not choose a Muslim to be his running mate in the 2023 presidential race.

“We sat down in Abuja and strategised, and we concluded that he should not take a Muslim as running mate. He (Tinubu) threw away the report. My conscience will not allow me to campaign for Tinubu. I am a member of CAN; I cannot deny CAN. I remain in APC. But I will take the survival of my country first over political considerations,” said Mr Abbo.

He added, “We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose (a) Christian-Christian ticket because I am invested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims of this country. The country is evenly divided among Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”

As for the statement made by Mr. Abbo, Bola Tinubu Campaign Headquarters spokesman Bayo Onanuga did not respond right away to a request for comment.

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The senator representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, has criticized APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for choosing a Muslim as his running mate, saying, “It is very irresponsible of Tinubu to take his political survival over the stability and peace of Nigeria.”

Since then, Mr. Abbo has resigned from his support of Tinubu due to the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket. The senator told Peoples Gazette over the phone on Monday morning that this was true.

“For Tinubu now to be given the ticket and turn around to do what he couldn’t achieve in 2015 despite opposition from Catholics and other Christian leaders is extremely irresponsible,” the federal legislator added.

He charged Mr. Tinubu with refusing to seek advice from the opposition over his desire to run for vice president and President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 choice of a Christian running partner.

READ MORE: Ezekwesili Knocks APC, PDP Over Bad Governance

“Buhari fought a civil war and understands the consequences of a divided nation. When Tinubu wanted to be VP in 2015, Buhari said no because he understood the importance of unity,” explained Mr Abbo.

On Sunday, Mr. Tinubu declared Kashim Shettima, a senator currently representing Borno Central and a former governor of Borno, as the vice-presidential candidate for the APC.

Mr. Abbo described how he met with a support group in Abuja to look for Mr. Tinubu’s running mate. According to Mr. Tinubu, the committee came to the conclusion that he should not choose a Muslim to be his running mate in the 2023 presidential race.

“We sat down in Abuja and strategised, and we concluded that he should not take a Muslim as running mate. He (Tinubu) threw away the report. My conscience will not allow me to campaign for Tinubu. I am a member of CAN; I cannot deny CAN. I remain in APC. But I will take the survival of my country first over political considerations,” said Mr Abbo.

He added, “We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose (a) Christian-Christian ticket because I am invested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims of this country. The country is evenly divided among Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”

As for the statement made by Mr. Abbo, Bola Tinubu Campaign Headquarters spokesman Bayo Onanuga did not respond right away to a request for comment.

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