Reactions have trailed the comment by the All Progressives Congress presidential flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu, that his running mate would be a Christian.
Naija News reports that Tinubu was reacting to speculations that the ruling party is making moves to pick a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential race.
The alleged move has received a barrage of reactions from party stakeholders, religious groups, leaders and concerned citizens who argued differently about their reasons for supporting and rejecting the rumoured bid.
Tinubu has, however, faulted the viral claims of him picking a Muslim-Muslim ticket, stating that he intends to pick a Northern Christian as his running mate.
The former Governor of Lagos State gave the clarification while addressing journalists at the APC governorship rally in Ekiti State on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, ahead of the state’s governorship election.
He rubbished the reports, describing the carriers of the claims as undemocratic elements. Tinubu said the carriers of the untrue report were only being threatened by his imminent victory in the coming presidential election.
The APC chieftain, however, assured Nigerians that no group, institution or person can impose a running mate on him.
Following the comment by Tinubu, some Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to state their position on the matter.
Below are some of their views as culled by Naija News.
@popogbej wrote: “It is even a shame that a party that has been in government for 7yrs have nothing to woo the voters with except the religious card. A performing government will have no problem selling any candidate. Nigerians are not that ungrateful.”
@CIgbos1 wrote: “If you like pick 6 VP from 6 regions you will not win except Nigerians have absolutely surrendered their remaining country to the dogs.”
@DubemMartin wrote: “Tinubu VP Muslim Muslim ticket is good for Northern Muslim because Tinubu is not Muslim by faith. If Tinubu is Muslim by faith he will not be living with a Christian wife.”
@BishopUdeh wrote: “Don’t worry u Muslims will never rule Nigeria forever power must slip out from the Muslims one day then u will not see an avenue to complain because u are the ones that started it.”
@KankiaAminu2 wrote: “I could vote for Tinubu and the Apc if it fielded a Muslim from the north.”
@Tundeon wrote: “I hope and pray this is true.”