Many Nigerians have reacted angrily at the reported decision of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to pick a northern Muslim running mate despite repeated outcry from the Christian community.
On Sunday, after the POLITICO.NG had reported the sudden withdrawal of Ibrahim Masari as the running mate of Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos opted for Borno Central Senator, Kashim Shettima as his vice presidential candidate.
It was reported that the National Leader of the ruling party had to take his time to choose an acceptable and credible running mate with the picking of Ibrahim Masari as his place holder.
POLITICO.NG had reported on Sunday morning that Tinubu had decided to pick a Muslim from the North East as his running mate despite the outcry by some groups of Nigeria against a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
But, some Nigerians had frowned at the decision, saying that the religious terrain of the country is too slippery to have both a President and his Vice practicing the same faith
With the latest development, the political atmosphere is getting more interesting with lots of Issues infolding from the political gladiators.
As gathered on Twitter, some Nigerians have reacted.
Omokri: “According to @vanguardngrnews, El-Rufai lost out to Shettima. Muslim-Muslim ticket confirmed for the APC. Tinubu picked a man under whom #ChibokGirls were abducted. Well, well, well! 2023 just got a lot more interesting. Looking like a home run for Atiku Abubakar!”
Adeyanju: “After deceiving Northern APC Govs, Tinubu reportedly picks Shettima. ElRufai will be close to tears right now after his unending lobbying. So the Muslim-Muslim ticket thing is really happening?”
@firstladyship: “Tinubu picked Shettima, making the APC a Muslim Muslim ticket. We are not voting for ethnicity or religion. We are voting for MERIT. We are voting against Corruption, ASUU Strikes, Hunger & Poverty, National Grid Collapses, Mad Insecurity, Crazy Inflation, etc. AM I MAKING SENSE?”
@NabirAbduls: “I say NO to a Muslim-Muslim ticket and we can’t be saying No to a Muslim-Muslim ticket on ground of fairness, equity and justice and still support a northern candidate or APC.
This is more reason we all should support a southern candidate this time and that person is Peter Obi.”
@sobafemi: “The mere fact that BAT insists on going with a MUSLIM-MUSLIM ticket is why he is not suitable to lead Nigeria at this time when the nation has been so polarized by PMB’s government. Why would a “visionary” leader insist on what suits him IRRESPECTIVE of the implications?”
@Aloo_Tordue: “The battle has now been narrowed to Obi Peter vs Atiku Abubakar
“You cannot insult the sensitivity of Nigerians with an unpopular Muslim/Muslim ticket.
“God is making things easy for Obi/Yusuf.”
@onyiforlife: “Muslim-muslim ticket, insult to the Body of Christ.(Churches)
“Apc politicians don’t mean well for Nigerians. Equity, justice and fairness.”