Rotimi Akeredolu, the current governor of Ondo state, expresses his regrets concerning the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressive Congress party. This is following the choice of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, former Borno state governor. Rotimi also urged the leaders to console Christians and also appeal to them to give the party a chance. He said this in a press statement which was issued by his Chief Press Secretary on Monday.
From the statement, the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum at the 40th Holy Ghost Convention Dinner of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, talked.
Akeredolu’s call revolved around the need for Christians to understand that Southern Nigeria has to come into power after having the Northern part of the country rule for 8 years. He mentioned that he is aware of the concerns of Christians as he is one of them. “I understand our feelings because I am one of you. I am a Christian. All of us here are worried. What will be our gain, and that, why is my party, the APC, throwing up a Muslim-Muslim ticket?
He however mentioned that the matter had been debated in the party and many things have been done about it. He said it will not be good that now that there is an opportunity to have the South-west come into power, it is thrown away because of religious fears.
“We call it a matter of coincidence. It is a matter of conscience. All of us are here, why don’t we look at it from one angle? The buck stops on the table of the President. Do we have a capable hand who can manage the affairs if given the opportunity? Do you have a man who is bold enough to challenge incursions into our land?..”
He stated that if up until now, Christians have lived in unity with other people especially families who are Muslims without a fight over religion, it is possible to let go of fears and allow Tinubu and his running mate. “So, we want to appeal to our people that this is our time. I want to appeal to all our senior pastors and general overseers to help talk to their followers. We politicians can only do little. This is our time, please don’t be angry.”