Tinubu’s Supporters And Yoruba Elders Protest Against Shettima In Lagos

 

More than 5,000 Yoruba elders cum supporter of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and who are also members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Monday, August 15th, took to streets in Lagos to protest against Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima.

The protesters who identified as Coalition of APC stakeholders Network and Southwest Supporters of Tinubu, started the peaceful walk from ShopRite Ikeja to the State House, Alausa demanding the removal of Kashim Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s running and for a Christian running mate to be picked in his expense.

They stated that Bola Tinubu’s choice of a running mate is what might prevent him from winning the February 2023 presidential election; hence, the need for him to substitute Kashim Shettima for a Christian running mate.

While speaking, the group’s President-General, Elder Arokoyo Samuel, described Tinubu as a “political colossus and astute political strategist” .

“He has also been crucial in the nation’s democracy being an important figure for almost four decades, hence his emergence as APC presidential candidate was perceived as a breadth of fresh air.

“As a multi-religious and multi-ethnic country, any attempt for one religion to dominate the political structure could only widen the gap of mistrust and destroy the delicate sense of tolerance cultivated over the years.

“Hence, the choice of Shettima was not only ill-timed but also a total disregard for the diversity of the country, crushing the bridges built to connect the religious differences and promote ethnic harmonious co-existence”.

“We want the best for the nation and the Muslim-Muslim ticket isn’t. This will set negative precedents for future generations. We must not fail our children.

“In place of Shettima, Tinubu should pick a Christian from the north-central. Doing so will assure the APC of a higher chance of gathering more votes from the North and across the country.

“The north-central dominated by Christians played a vital role in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections. As popular as PMB is in the North, the only times he succeeded were when he won this zone, despite always dominating the Muslim-dominated North West and North East in his previous three attempts.

“There are a good number of Christian voters in the following northern states Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno, and the FCT, whose votes can be harvested to about 70% if we have a Northern Christian running mate on the ticket.

“Tinubu will write his name in gold should he make this bold decision. He will become the toast of Christians. Imagine the kind of momentum our leader will gather should he get the backing of almost 50 million Christians in Nigeria.

“It is our prayer that Tinubu will look beyond the surface and make this bold decision. We anticipate his timely action”.

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