The chief whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Orji Kalu has thrown his support behind a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the All Progressives Congress.
According to Kalu, with the emergence of the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, a Southern Muslim as the party’s presidential candidate, there was no option but to field a Muslim running mate. He made this known during an interview with journalists at the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Wednesday.
“If we don’t play Muslim-Muslim (ticket), we are in trouble.”
“It will be difficult to win the election because the only thing left for Ahmed Tinubu today is to play Muslim-Muslim.”
“I know the Church I go to, the Catholic secretary may not be happy about this but what is wrong with Muslim-Muslim ticket? I don’t see anything wrong with it. There is nothing wrong with a Christian-Christian ticket also, it depends on the condition.”
“The condition that we have found ourselves today is that you cannot play two minorities — Tinubu is a minority Muslim from the South and if you put a Christian from the North, it is a minority Christian from the North. What I am telling you is sincerely from my mind; it is not the position of our party.”
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Furthermore, he added that the party had no interest in the religious or ethnic affiliation of its vice presidential candidate. He said the party’s only focus was winning next year’s election
“If I am in Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s situation — the wife is a senior pastor in a Pentecostal church, I will go (for a) Muslim-Muslim ticket, the most important thing is for the party to win.
“Already the wife is a pastor and they have been living together for over 50 years. She’s already like a deputy president, if I’m to say; I am saying my opinion, this is Orji Kalu’s opinion. You cannot deny me my opinion, but you can also play a Christian-Christian ticket, depending on the scenario.”