Muslim-Muslim Ticket: ‘I can not work for such a man’ – Senator Abbo Resigns From Tinubu’s Campaign
Ishaku Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa north senatorial district, has described Bola Tinubu’s decision to pick a Muslim as his running mate as irresponsible.
Following the decision of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abbo resigned his membership in a Tinubu support group.
Abbo, in a statement on Sunday, said, “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 lawmaker condemned the former Governor of Lagos state for not learning from how President Muhammadu Buhari picked a Christian running mate in 2015 as against the Muslim/Muslim ticket.
He further stated, “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.”
Abbo disclosed that he met with a support group in Abuja in search of a running mate for Tinubu, adding that the group agreed that Tinubu should not run alongside a Muslim vice.
The lawmaker noted, “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.
“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 between Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”
Tinubu on Sunday announced the former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.