The senator representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, has resigned his membership from the campaign group of Bola Tinubu following his choice of Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno State as his Running mate.
Abbo’s resignation from Tinubu’s campaign comes as criticism mounts for the Muslim-Muslim ticket. He disclosed his decision to journalists on Monday in Abuja.
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He said it is irresponsible for Tinubu to make the choice despite opposition from Christian leaders. He added that Tinubu did not learn from President Muhammadu Buhari who refused to make him (Tinubu) his running mate in 2015 to avoid Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Abbo 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.
“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.
“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.”
He added, “We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose Christian-Christian ticket because I am interested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims of this country.
“The country is evenly divided among Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.
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