Tinubu Support Group (TSG) has berated the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the rejection of the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress for 2023 general election.
The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who is a Muslim is said to be considering a Muslim from the northern region of the country as his running mate.
The group, in a Facebook post last Thursday, said CAN’s call on Tinubu to pick a Christian as his running mate was to ensure the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who is a Christian, wins the 2023 presidential election.
The TSG, further, accused CAN of rejecting Muslim-Muslim ticket over the failure of either Vice President Yemi Osinbajo or one other pastor to emerge as the party’s standard bearer, adding that Tinubu was not rejected because of his religion “when he was donating to churches, sponsoring pastors and contributing millions of dollars to the welfare of christians”.
It noted that the “only sin” Tinubu committed against CAN and the people of the South-East region of the country was because he supported President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The group reiterated that Tinubu would pick whoever is capable of winning the 2023 presidential election with him as running mate.
Tinubu Support Group said: “When Tinubu was donating to churches, sponsoring pastors and contributing millions of dollars to the welfare of christians, they didn’t reject him because of his religion.
“When he built several christians and empowered them, financially and politically, CAN & PFN didn’t call him a Muslim.
“When he nominated Osinbajo, a Pentecostal pastor, as VP, almost all the christians sang his praises. They didn’t call him by his religion.
“In the southwest, between 2011-2019, when Muslims dominated the region as governors, CAN was there shouting marginalization, islamization up and down. But now that the only Muslim governor, is that of Osun State, CAN is silent.
“In Osun State, where there is significant population of Muslims, PDP has settled for a Christian/Christian ticket for 2023 Governorship election. You will never hear CAN speak against it. At least, there’s the Osun State branch of CAN, why are they silent?
“Now, because two pastors contested and lost to Tinubu, in the just concluded APC presidential primary, CAN has started playing religious cards. They have started speaking from the both sides of their mouths, saying Tinubu should pick a Christian as VP.
“Do they really want Tinubu to win the presidential election? No. Rather, they are secretly rooting for Peter Obi, because of religion.
“Although, there are many capable northern christians, who will perform better as VP, but what if that puts Tinubu’s candidacy at a disadvantage? Is he in the race to win or to balance an equation that may not favour him? Are CAN and those saying he should pick a Christian as VP sincere about their agitation?. Many of them may not vote him, even if he picks Bishop Kukah as VP.
“However, there are still many of us in the Christendom, who are independent-minded, and see things differently better. We don’t relate with people based on their religion or tribe. We relate based on the mutual understanding that we are all creatures of God almighty, and we are bound to love and help one another. And by God’s grace, we will massively vote for Tinubu in 2023.
“Finally, the only sin Tinubu committed against CAN and the Southeasterners was because he supported Buhari to defeat Jonathan (CAN’s favorite president) in 2015. CAN just played along all these years because of Osinbajo, as VP.
“So now that Osinbajo lost to Tinubu, all hell let loose. This is the truth. And as things are going, very soon, we will reveal those churches and pastors who have greatly benefited from Tinubu’s generosity. Time to end this nonsense is now.”