2023: Change Shettima, Lalong Before September 20 - Northerners Tell APC | CABLE REPORTERS

A coalition of stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC from the North East and North Central have urged the party to revisit its choice of Kashim Shettima and Governor Simon Lalong as a vice-presidential candidate and campaign director-general respectively.

The group noted that the party’s insistence on the same faith ticket has caused untold disaffection in its ranks.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Secretary-General of the group, Dauda Yakubu, said the leadership of the APC must address the alleged marginalisation of Christians in the party before September 20 slated by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to publish the final list of candidates for the presidential election.

According to Yakubu, the choice of Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s running mate is insensitive and utter disrespect for the ethnic and religious plurality of the country.

“The leadership of the Coalition of North East and North Central APC Stakeholders is holding this press conference to drive home a crucial point that can affect the party’s electoral chances in the forthcoming presidential elections,” Yakubu said.

“It remains a known fact that the Muslim-Muslim Ticket of the party has indeed caused untold disaffection in the ranks of the party, especially in the North East and the North Central states in the country.

“The choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the APC has indeed questioned the position of our great party on mutual respect for the ethnic and religious plurality of the country.

“This is on the heels that the party elected to disregard the highly qualified and loyal party members from the North East and North Central region of Christian origin as Vice Presidential candidates of the party.

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