Tinubu: Reactions Trail Shettima’s unveiling
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Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nasarawa State, has said he could not say if those who appeared as clerics at the official presentation of former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as the running mate of the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are truly Catholic priests.
Reportedly, the event which held at the Shehu Yar’adua center in Abuja rather had in attendance, some suspected representatives of the Catholic Church.
According to Tinubu’s critics, the bishops were hired by the former Lagos State governor’s campaign team to give Christian voters a false impression that his decision to pick a fellow Muslim despite strong objections and national security implications was accepted by the Christian community.
“Well, if they are hired, we didn’t see that,” Sule said while speaking in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday evening.
“Maybe the same people who are on the streets today too were hired (referring to anti Muslim-Muslim ticket campaigners). You know, it’s the same thing. Can you compare the calibre of people who are on the street to the calibre of people who have just entered that event to be there?”
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In a related development, one of the “Christian clerics” that attended the unveiling of 2023 presidential candidate Bola Tinubu’s running mate has spoken out.
On Wednesday in Abuja, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presented Kashim Shettima as its vice presidential candidate.
The 55-year-old former governor of Borno currently represents the State’s central district at the Nigerian Senate.
News of his official announcement was overshadowed by the presence of dozens of ‘clergymen’, most with spurious identities.
Photos and videos show them arriving at the venue (Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre) but they refused to take questions, except a few.
In reaction to their conduct, and attire which portrayed them as Catholics, etc., social media users launched scathing remarks.
Amid the backlash over the controversy, one of attendees, ‘Bishop’ Ugo Ugokwe, posted a response on Facebook last night.
Ugokwe contested for the position of APC Deputy Youth Leader (South East) at the March 26 national convention.
The party member called for Christians-Muslims unity, adding that citizens are free to choose their preferred contestants in 2023.
“I have seen ‘many’ fake news about me and my foundation. It’s okay. Anybody can write what they want to generate traffic.
“I know the guy that I allowed to interview me was out for fake news. He was desperate to see something, to rubbish men of God.
“We are for peace and love not hate. Jesus Christ is love. Christians and Muslims should preach love no matter the challenge in our country Nigeria.
“Just vote your heart in 2023. Don’t hate”, Ugokwe (Amb Ugokwe Prince on Facebook) wrote.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared that those who were at the APC event are not its members.