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.”
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.”