A political support group, under the auspices of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Crusade Organisation, ABATCO, has asked Nigerians and the electorate to consider competency, dexterity, capacity, knowledge and skills in doing things as religion or ethnic consideration is not healthy in politics and polity.
The National ABATCO Coordinator, comrade Ayeni Samuel, made the remarks in a statement on Monday. He described Shetima’s choice as the best to give APC a landslide victory in the next year’s 2023 general elections.
ABATCO commended the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, for choosing Senator Kashim Shettima, a former Governor of Borno State, as his vice-presidential candidate of the party.
According to him, Nigeria has advanced past the point when choosing leaders based on ethnicity or religion is still acceptable.
He urged Nigerians to do things based on competence, dexterity, capacity, knowledge, and skills rather than religion or ethnicity because neither would benefit anyone.
“We didn’t ask about the religion of the pilots before flying with them; likewise, nobody asked about the religion of the commercial bus drivers before boarding to our destinations.
“What matter most is service for our money. In the marketplace, do we ask about religion before buying goods and services,” Ayeni stated.
“The decision is a right decision which is well calculated to attract more support and votes from the northern parts of the country,” he said.
According to Ayeni, “APC will get more votes from core North because Senator Shettima is from there. Senator Shettima has larger support from the north, consolidating the party’s winning from the zones.
“Asiwaju Tinubu being a great politician, would not choose less than excellent, saying it is an excellent joint ticket because Senator Shettima is a transparent man who believes in the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu agenda likewise, he has performed excellently in Borno State as Governor, his experience would be brought to bear in taking the country to greater heights.”
Speaking on the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Ayeni emphasised that Tinubu would accord every faith, tribe, and ethnic group its due rights and respect as a charitable and progressive man, promising that better days for Nigerians are ahead as they march toward next year’s general elections.
“We want to assure you that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is always giving everyone their respect.
“He demonstrated this when he was Governor of Lagos State. Every religion and tribe in Lagos enjoyed him in terms of religious tolerance.
“His wife is a Christian from a popular denomination, and they have been living peacefully, that single character has demonstrated that Asiwaju Tinubu would be able to manage and govern the country with due respect and recognition to everyone.”
Ayeni said, “Let’s mobilize for the party to win next year’s general elections so as to consolidate on the gains of the democracy, from ABATCO, we trust Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in his quest to make things work for citizens.”