2023 Presidency: Tinubu meets CAN leadership, addresses Muslim-Muslim ticket issue

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The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The meeting, held on Wednesday at the CAN headquarters in Abuja, was the second leg of the CAN presidential interaction session.

Tinubu was accompanied to the meeting by his wife, Oluremi Tinubu, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Governor Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Others are former Abia State governor Orji Uzo Kalu, former Benue state governor Senator George Akume and some party leaders.

Controversy on the ticket of the same faith: The meeting allowed the APC candidate to present his plans and address some thorny issues following his presidential campaign, where the Muslim-Muslim ticket. The Christian body and many other interest groups strongly opposed the same-faith ticket.

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Tinubu said that his decision to run for president is in line with the country’s constitution. He also dismissed the fear of his ticket with the same belief.

Tinubu’s CAN campaign: Tinubu said that as governor of Lagos state, he returned the missionary schools to the rightful owners and did not chase anyone from Lagos. He said:

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  • I aspire to be the president of Nigeria not on religious grounds but on the Constitution. Thanks to the body for inviting the candidates to state their plans for the country,” he said.
  • “I believe in the need for a secular government and for us to work for the interest of the country as I did in Lagos State by returning the missionary schools to the owners.
  • “I have never driven away the people of Lagos. My choice of Shettima is because of the urgent need to address the challenges facing the country because Shettima has strong leadership abilities which he demonstrated when he was governor of Borno State. I want a progressive government that’s why I chose Shettima.
  • “It should be easy to choose a Christian running mate but that is not the case. We have urgent challenges that do not depend on religious inclinations but on the best hands that can answer them.

CAN responded to Tinubu: Speaking on the occasion, CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh said:

  • As an association of Christian citizens who believe in this country and continue to pray for its unity, peace, and prosperity, we took the time to review the problems that hinder the peace and development of the country and, through this, make suggestions on how to best develop them.
  • “We are consulting with Nigerians of different religious, ethnic, and social identities on the problems of the country and the solutions to these are expressed in the strategic document that we called for. The Charter for Future Nigeria.”

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