Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress, has not yet chosen a running mate, according to former minority leader of the House of Representatives Farouk Aliyu.
The complexity of the nation, according to Aliyu, is the reason it has taken so long for the former governor of Lagos State and his political party to choose a vice presidential candidate.
He emphasised that the selection of Tinubu’s running mate will be made public shortly and that the criteria for candidates should be competence rather than religion.
This was said by the former politician during an interview with Sunday Politics on Channels Television.
He asserted that the most crucial factor is that the candidate would be universally welcomed by everyone, even if the party ultimately presents Nigerians with a Muslim-Muslim ticket or a Muslim-Christian ticket.
We’re still consulting, but I can guarantee you that we’ll choose a candidate who will pay the price and be supported by all Nigerians. The choice of our party’s vice presidential candidate rests with the candidate and the party’s stakeholders.
“And I guarantee that by the time the name is revealed, everyone will agree that we made the right decision.
So please be patient with us; it will be ready soon. The complexity of the nation is what makes it tough for Tinubu to choose a running mate.
“I know a lot of people talk about Muslim-Muslim and Christian-Christian tickets, but they forget that elections must be won regardless of the country’s diversity. We are advising.
In addition to Muslim-Muslim tickets, Muslim-Christian tickets are also under consideration. Is Buhari’s presidency better for Muslims in this nation?
Therefore, if our candidate runs as a Muslim, that’s fine; if the party or candidate runs as a Christian, we’ll still make sure we win the election. Thus, as I have stated, competency is more important than religion or place of origin.