Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa North senatorial district, has criticized APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for choosing a fellow Muslim as his running mate, saying that it was “extremely irresponsible of Tinubu to prioritize his political ambition over the stability and peace of Nigeria.”
Due to the Muslim-Muslim APC ticket, Sen. Abbo has further resigned from being a member of the Tinubu support Group (TSG), according to Peoples Gazette.
“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,” the federal legislator said.
He accused Tinubu with refusing to take caution from the opposition over his choice of running mate and President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 choice of a Christian vice-president.
“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,” explained Mr Abbo.
On Sunday July 10, Tinubu declared that Kashim Shettima, a senator representing Borno Central and also former governor of Borno state, would be the APC’s vice presidential candidate.
Sen. Abbo narrated how he met with a support group in Abuja, and how the group recommended that Tinubu should not choose a Muslim to be his running mate in the 2023 presidential race, he told The Gazette.
“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,” Sen. Abbo said.
“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 among Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”