Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has told the Christian community in Nigeria and the Diaspora that the All Progressives Congress (APCsame-faith )’s presidential ticket was not designed to undermine the country’s Christians.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Muslim from the South West, is the APC’s presidential candidate, and Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, is the party’s vice presidential candidate. Prior to the emergence of Shettima, who is from the North East, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) voiced strong opposition to the development.
On Sunday, at the 40th Holy Ghost Convention Dinner of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries, held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Agbowo, Ibadan, Oyo State, Akeredolu gave the assurance to the Christian community. Many God’s ministers attended the dinner, including the founder of the Christ Life Church, Bishop Wale Oke, who is also the current National President of PFN, and former Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev’d Sunday Ola-Makinde.
The governor, who urged Christians not to be angry with the APC, stated that he, too, was concerned about the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of his party, the APC, saying, “I discussed with Bishop Francis Wale Oke that presidency must come to the South.”
Take it or leave it; it’s the best we can do. It must travel south.
“The North cannot produce a President for eight years and expect to keep it for another eight.” It’s not going to happen.
“That’s why, as chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, which God fortunately appointed me to, I kept hammering on that.” It must travel south. And when it reached our APC party, we fought to have it come to the South.
“Fortunately, it did not only come to the south, but also to the south west.” So, where do we stand now? I understand how we feel because I am one of you. I am a devout Christian. We’re all concerned here. What is our gain, and why is my party, the APC, running a Muslim/Muslim ticket?
“It’s been a real problem for all of us.” It has been a source of contention among party members. We have debated it, fought it, and done so much about it. I’ve always told people that my fight was for Southern President.”