The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on the National Social Investment Programme to the President and a member of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Ismaeel Buba Ahmed, says the issue of the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been blown out of proposition.
Naija News reports that the presidential aide accused the media of over-flogging the issue of same-faith tickets, adding that most Nigerians are not bothered about it.
“I think the media have over-flogged this Muslim-Muslim ticket issue. Nigerians are not as concerned as the media portray them to be. Nigerians are in a situation where they just want a good president.
“That is what matters to them ultimately. And they know they can get it in Asiwaju. People can microscope any kind of differences with the identity of religion, ethnicity, region, custom, or creed, but ultimately, what matters is who is going to drive us in the direction we are going. Tinubu stands tall among his contemporaries. I don’t think this issue of Muslim-Muslim is as pervasive as the media tried to portray it,” he told The Sun.
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Speaking further, the former Youth Leader and Spokesperson of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee dismissed insinuations that aggrieved presidential aspirants may sabotage Bola Tinubu’s chances of winning next year’s election.
Naija News reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and many others who contested against Tinubu in the ruling party’s presidential primary are reported to be aggrieved and refused to support his presidential ambition.
But Ahmed stated that it is Tinubu’s responsibility to carry everyone along, including those that contested and lost the APC presidential primary election.
He said: “We need everybody on board. It is the responsibility of our candidate to ensure that no stone is left unturned towards ensuring that everybody gets on board. I do know that we have the full support of most of the aspirants. But, more needs to be done to get the assurance that it is their game.
“Their hearts and minds are here with us in APC. They can only play the role they are given. Most of them are in the campaign council. But our candidate is a strategist in his thinking. He is going to sit down with most of these aspirants to dialogue with them on the way forward. Most of them have been given opportunities to nominate people to the campaign council and they have. Their people are in the campaign council. Some of them that can hold positions were given direct positions in the campaign council.
“I don’t see it as a problem, but our candidate will visit them again. It will not only be the aspirants, but their formidable known supporters as well. People we believe need to be brought into the fold would be brought in.
“Our candidate is the true unifier, not people who claim to be unifiers yet they have other people granting press conferences against them every day.”