Ishaku Abbo, a senator from Adamawa North, has criticized Bola Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim as his running mate as being irresponsible.
Abbo left a Tinubu supporter organization in response to the choice of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate. NewsReport gathered.
In a conversation with Peoples Gazette on Monday, the congressman reiterated his position.
It is absolutely irresponsible, according to Abbo, for Tinubu to be awarded the ticket again and proceed to accomplish what he failed to do in 2015 despite objections from Catholics and other Christian leaders.
The lawmaker condemned the former Governor of Lagos state for not learning from how President Muhammadu Buhari picked a Christian running mate in 2015 as against the Muslim/Muslim ticket.
He further stated, “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.”
Abbo disclosed that he met with a support group in Abuja in search of a running mate for Tinubu, adding that the group agreed that Tinubu should not run alongside a Muslim vice.
The lawmaker noted, “We sat down in Abuja and strategized, 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.
“We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose (a) Christian-Christian ticket because I am invested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims of this country. The country is evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”