2023 APC Ticket: ‘Buhari not in support of Muslim-Muslim ticket for APC’ – Sources

President Muhammadu Buhari is said to not be in support of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) parading a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket in the 2023 General elections, it has been gathered.

A presidency source who spoke with newsmen yesterday, said just like in 2014 when he rejected the choice of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is a Muslim, as his running mate, the president still believes that such a ticket may spell doom for the APC, especially with the major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parading a Muslim-Christian ticket.

The President, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting with APC governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, as deliberations continue on the choice of running mate to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate.

Already, many prominent Nigerians, APC stakeholders and groups, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), have publicly condemned and started mobilising their members against any party that parades a Muslim- Muslim ticket.

Those in support of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in APC had claimed that the party does not have strong, popular northern Christian candidates that can get votes in the region for the ruling party during the election.

However, those against the idea have pushed forward names of Northern Christians such as Governor Simon Lalong, of Plateau State, who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Tinubu is said to have penciled down the former governor of Borno State, Sen. Kashim Shettima, as his running mate, though that has not been confirmed.

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