Veteran actor cum politician, Kenneth Okonkwo has dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) over the party’s decision to fly a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
Newsmen reported that the presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had on Sunday in Daura, Katsina State announced former Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
Tinubu and Shettima are both Muslims.
Kenneth announced his decision in a letter tendered to the Chairman of Nkpunano Ward, Nsukka, Enugu State, which he also shared on his Instagram page.
In the letter, he stated that APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket would permanently destroy the political viability of Christians in the north of Nigeria if allowed to stand.
Okonkwo in his resignation letter reminded the APC that he joined it when he saw it as a vehicle to fight against injustice.
He added that he resigned his membership also in the interest of equity, justice, fairness and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. (NAN).
His letter read;
“Those ideals are now alien to the APC with their unfortunate decision to paint our Muslim brothers in bad light by insinuating that the Muslims in Nigeria will not accept to vote for a Northern Christian as Vice President to pair with Southern Muslim…
“If Muslims could voluntarily vote for southern presidents, it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a northern Christian vice president.
“This will permanently destroy the political viability of Northern Christians in Nigeria if allowed to stand.
“This is in addition to the failure to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians, which should be their primary responsibility.
“The country is also in shatters.”
Making his resignation public with the letter attached, Okonkwo wrote on Instagram page: “I just resigned my membership of the All Progressives Congress in the interest of equity, justice, fairness and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“May God deliver Nigeria from the hands of power grabbers who elevate the quest for power above the quest for purpose.
“God bless you and Barka da Sallah to our Muslim brothers.”