Shettima Assures He Won’t Serve Islam, Hausa-Fulani-Kanuri Interests As VP
Amid thunderous cheering by the party faithful, the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, unveiled Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The occasion, however, did not go without controversy arising from the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Adamu expressed optimism that the joint ticket of Tinubu and Shettima would deal the death knell to the religious and tribal fault lines among Nigerians.
Relating to his partnership with Tinubu as a Nigerian project, Shettima guaranteed that a Tinubu-led presidency would not differentiate against Nigerians based on their religion or tribal backgrounds.
He said: “We need to rest the issues of religion and ethnicity in the country. I don’t intend to be the vice president that would represent members of the Islamic faith. The Sultan of Sokoto will do that.
“My vice presidency is not going to protect the concerns of the Hausa-Fulani and Kanuri. I forcefully believe in the Nigerian project. I never endorsed Tinubu to be his running mate. I supported him based on my moral conviction.”
Tinubu claimed that the choice of Shettima as his running mate was a carefully thought out decision that sought at repositioning the country to attain greatness.