The closed-door assembly between the Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Pentecostal Bishops Discussion board of Northern Nigeria in Abuja got here beneath scrutiny on Thursday night time.
The social media pages of the previous governor of Lagos State have been bombarded with blended reactions from a cross-section of Nigerians, particularly on Fb and Twitter, hours after unique images of his rendezvous with the northern clerics in his Abuja marketing campaign workplace hit the web.
The event is coming barely three months after the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria dissociated itself from the presence of some alleged bishops and pastors on the unveiling of the vice presidential candidate of the celebration, Kashim Shettima, saying they have been desperados who went there for themselves.
CAN acknowledged that though Tinubu was free to “rent mechanics and different artisans and stitch clerical clothes for them”, the trouble would solely add to their many ropes however wouldn’t change the necessity for equity and justice.
Equally, on Tuesday, former Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, made renewed threats to mobilise northern Christian citizens to vote in opposition to Tinubu within the February 25, 2023 ballot.
Dogara had predicted that adopting a Muslim-Muslim ticket was a fruitless political effort that was “doomed to finish in spectacular failure.”
The ex-speaker made the assertion whereas delivering his keynote tackle at a summit tagged ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria Nationwide Christian Coalition.
Lawal, then again, vowed that the introduction of a same-faith ticket by the APC was a deliberate plan to additional create divisions within the north.
The disgruntled former SGF, who spoke throughout an interview on Come up Tv, declared that he was working with about 40 Christian leaders within the north to make sure that the contentious APC ticket failed.
However in Thursday’s assembly, the APC nationwide chief reportedly defined to the PBFNS delegation led by Archbishop John Reward of Dominion Chapel Worldwide Church his cause for choosing Shettima to the northern Christian bishops.
Tinubu acknowledged that his choice of Shettima was not a deliberate try and spite the Christian group however a alternative he needed to make to present Nigerians good governance if he acquired elected.
He acknowledged, “Earlier in the present day at a energetic, productive and amiable assembly with a delegation representing the Pentecostal Bishops Discussion board of Northern Nigeria, we mentioned necessary problems with nationwide significance in addition to my willpower to ship unity, concord and lasting peace to Nigeria.”
The reactions to his social media posts have been instantaneous. Whereas a few of his followers and celebration supporters hailed his motion, critics trolled and lampooned him for making an attempt to drag one other stunt on the Christian group.
On Fb, an engineering graduate of the Enugu State College of Science and Know-how, Ebenezer Arinze, contemplated when the previous governor had abruptly come to a determined realisation that he wanted to work with Christian leaders after settling for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“Northern Christian leaders? How did they change into so noticeable to an individual who feels that the greater than 50 per cent of the Nigerian inhabitants that’s Christian can’t produce a worthy operating mate?” he quipped.
However Founding father of IntegerPlus TV, Jide Shopekan, hailed the transfer saying, “Las Las it’s all about curiosity. The most effective political strategist within the ring.”
On his Twitter web page, an property agent, Agaba Idu, warned that Tinubu’s continued romance with phoney preachers wouldn’t be seen as an endorsement by aggrieved Nigerians.
He mentioned, “Tinubu go away pretend Bishops. You received’t make any influence with this deceit. It’s a failed venture.”
@PrinceLince acknowledged, “You noticed them however went and employed some pretend Charlatans to attend the revealing of your Boko Haram VP.
“Effectively, sadly for you, these individuals can by no means preach Muslim-Muslim ticket to their Congregation.”
However a software program developer, Olowojaye Rufus, defended Tinubu’s place saying, “Being married to a pastor with Christian youngsters, he’s, to a mean Muslim northerner, not a Muslim.
“If he picked a Christian operating mate, that’d be an personal purpose — Atiku will milk it to destabilise him in APC’s strongholds within the North. Shettima was his most secure alternative.”
One other tweep, Daniel Onuoha, accused the APC candidate of non secular bigotry by means of his alternative of same-faith ticket.
He acknowledged “Faux bishops… You mentioned Christians are usually not competent. Why do you want our incompetent votes?
“Muslim Muslim ticket is an insult to our religion… try to be ashamed of that alternative however you even had the center to enter a church…so shameless.”