The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, or any of his representatives over the Muslim-Muslim ticket controversy.
Naija News earlier reported that the Tinubu Campaign Organisation (TCO) spokesman, Bayo Onanuga, had said his principal is meeting with religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders to explain his choice of the former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate.
Onanuga said the Tinubu camp decided not to make the latest development public until some issues are finalised, adding that there was an arrangement not to have it publicized.
He, however, disclosed that his principal would address the media when the consultations are done.
Reacting to the claim, Adebayo Oladeji, spokesman to CAN President, Supo Ayokunle, stated that Tinubu has not reached out to the association over the Muslim-Muslim ticket controversy.
Oladeji added that such a meeting has not taken place with Tinubu or his representatives ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
“I am not sure anybody has reached out to CAN, at least, not to my knowledge,” he said.
Also speaking, CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said Tinubu has not met with the CAN leadership, adding that the association could not be swayed into changing its stance on the controversial Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“I don’t know about that. I am in Abuja presently and I can tell you that I have not seen or met anybody that looks like Tinubu in person,” he said.
Tinubu Unveils Shettima As Running Mate
The APC Presidential candidate had on July 20 unveiled Senator Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 general elections.
Tinubu presented the former Borno state governor to party leaders and members at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
He said Shettima’s career in politics and beyond shows that he is eminently qualified not only to deliver that all-important electoral victory but also to step into the shoes of the Vice-President.
Some of the leaders of the ruling party that were present at the ceremony included the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu; National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
Others present at the unveiling of Shettima are Governors elected on the platform and some party chieftains.
This article was originally published on Naija News