A former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shagari, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians with its Muslim-Muslim ticket strategy for the 2023 general election.
Shagari, son of Nigeria’s Second Republic president, Late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, said the APC will not get its desired voter turnout in the northern region of the country.
He spoke on Tuesday night when he appeared on Channels Television live interview programme, Politics Today, anchored by Seun Okinbaloye.
The former Minister of Water Resources and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said if APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has a Christian wife, Oluremi, it is only okay for him to choose a Christian running mate and not a fellow Muslim in the person of former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.
He described as an insult, the same-faith ticket of the APC, adding that Nigerians and Christians will reject the ruling party in the forthcoming presidential election.
“The Christians in this country, especially in the North felt slighted, they felt insulted when APC decided to go with Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“The APC has failed Nigerians in every aspect you can think of. In every aspect you can think of, APC has failed Nigerians, particularly in the North where people are now kidnapped and ransoms have to be paid and people are now being killed. Lack of employment all over the country and so on.
“They simply think that both the Christians and the Muslims in this country are stupid. So, they decided to come out with the Muslim-Muslim ticket, thinking if they do that, everybody in the North-West, in the North-East and the rest of Nigeria will jump at it but Nigerian people are wiser, they know what they want; they want a government that will change their lives for the better,” Shagari said.
He also described as disappointing, Tinubu’s outing on Monday at the Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, saying that Nigerians want a leader who can relate with them, answer their questions and clear their doubts and not one who delegates his allies to respond to questions directed at him.