Hon. Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has praised the selection of the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as the running mate of the party’s flag bearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Recall that on Sunday, Tinubu had unveiled Shettima as his running mate in the upcoming 2023 elections.
The Muslim-Muslim ticket has been trailed with various reactions from Nigerians.
Speaking on the announcement via a statement on Monday in Abuja, Ajaka insisted that both men are not ultra-Muslims and urged Nigerians to look beyond religion and tribe.
Ajaka’s statement reads in part, “The sterling qualities of our vice-presidential candidate, in the person of Senator Kashim Shettima, has once again thrown the opposition parties off balance.
“While we sympathise with the opposition parties, we appeal to Nigerians, who will eventually be the beneficiaries of good governance under Tinubu-Shettima presidency, to see beyond the sentiments of religion and tribe. Both Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima are not religious fundamentalists or ultra-Muslims. Their records in public offices are testimonies to rely on.
“As a two-term governor in Borno state, Shettima enjoyed the support of the Christian community throughout his tenure.”
This article was originally published on Naija News