Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Tuesday, met behind closed doors with governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
After the meeting, the governor declined speaking to the media, but it is believed that the meeting is in connection with last-minute hunting for a running mate for the party’s standard-bearer, Bola Tinubu.
According The Punch, the ruling party’s governors was led to the meeting by Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum.
The former Lagos State, since he emerged last Wednesday, had been under pressure to produce a running mate.
The APC presidential flag bearer has been consulting various party stakeholders with the likelihood of a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
Recall that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had, last Sunday, warned that a Muslim-Muslim ticket would tear the country apart.
CAN president, Bishop Francis Wale-Oke, made this known at the 2022 Democracy Day service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, last Sunday.
In his words:
“While I congratulate the candidates, I must sound this warning, please do not fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket. It would not fly. It will not stand. Rather, it would set the nation against each other.”
“The candidate who will emerge is the one who works with the church. Please, do not alienate the church.
“If you embrace equity, fairness, and justice, the Nigerian electorate will reward you with their votes at the polls and they will give you their support,” he added.
Attending the Villa meeting were the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; governors Babagana Zulum of Borno, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and Hope Uzodinma of Imo.
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