APC Group protests Muslim-Muslim ticket, seeks Shettima replacement

Hundreds of stakeholders and supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took to the streets of Lagos on Monday to protest the party’s stance on the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The protesters, led by the APC Stakeholder Network Coalition and South West Tinubu Supporters, began their peaceful march from the popular Shoprite Mall in Ikeja to the State House in the central district affairs of Alausa.
Chanting songs of solidarity, protesters made their way through the heavy traffic created by the demonstration while displaying several banners reading “Dear Baba Asiwaju, let Shettima step down for the sake of the Yoruba”, “President Buhari and Tinubu should rethink the Muslim-Muslim ticket” and “Tinubu, replace Shettima with Christian VP to balance the ticket.
The development comes barely a month after a similar protest rocked the party secretariat in Abuja.
Hundreds of protesters had stormed the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress to register their grievance over the party’s stance on the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The protest took place almost at the same time as the APC leadership unveiled former Borno State governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, as the running mate of its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua in Abuja.
The protest, which was led by a few party members under the aegis of the APC Hausa-Fulani Youth Forum, saw the delegation arrive at the Secretariat in six luxury buses and a few cars, waving various banners and chanting songs of solidarity .
Some of the banners read “A cry for justice”, “Let go of Shettima and give space to our Christian brothers”, “Discrimination and mutual suspicion in our country”, among others.
Speaking to reporters outside the State House in Alausa, the group’s general chairman, Elder Samuel Arokoyo, revealed that the only obstacle between APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the presidency in 2023 is his choice of running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima. .
According to him, many of his supporters, including those in the South West, were shocked that Tinubu had chosen a fellow Muslim to become the running mate.
While describing Tinubu as a “political colossus and shrewd political strategist” who managed to build an enviable base for the party, Arokoyo revealed that the only way for the former governor of Lagos State to redeem himself is to replace Shettima with a Christian candidate.
He said: “Tinubu has played a crucial role in the country’s democracy as an important figure for nearly four decades. His emergence as the APC’s presidential candidate was therefore seen as a breath 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.
“This is why the choice of Shettima was not only inopportune but a complete disregard for the country’s diversity, breaking the bridges built to connect religious differences and promote harmonious ethnic coexistence.”
The coalition reiterated that the essence of the peaceful protest was to urge the party’s presidential candidate to abandon Shettima for fairness and justice.
Arokoyo pointed out that considering a Northern Christian running mate for the ticket could net Tinubu nearly 70% of Christian votes in northern states like Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno and the CTF. whose votes can make a difference.
“We want the best for the nation and the Muslim-Muslim ticket is not. This will set negative precedents for future generations. We must not disappoint our children.
“In place of Shettima, Tinubu should choose a Christian from the centre-north. This will give the APC a greater chance of garnering more votes from the North and across the country.
“The Christian-dominated north-central region played a vital role in the presidential elections of 2015 and 2019. As popular as PMB is in the north, the only times he has succeeded is when he won this area, although he still dominated the Muslim-dominated North West and North East in his three previous attempts.
“Tinubu will write his name in gold if he makes this bold move. It will become the toast of Christians. Imagine the kind of momentum our leader will muster if he wins the support of almost 50 million Christians in Nigeria,” he said.

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