…My fundamental disagreement with Asiwaju since 2007 was on the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket—Atiku

By Charles Edet

National Detective Admin,July, 2022.

 An interview monitored by National Detective Magazine highlights reasons why Fell out with Tinubu over the sensitivity of Moslem Moslem Ticket In a multi-religious nation like Nigeria.

Arise TV on its morning show on Friday , featured Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria and the 2023 election Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  during the interview, Atiku explained why he parted ways with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the issue of Muslim Muslim ticked..

Atiku said that  his declining to accept a Muslim-Muslim ticket as suggested by the APC flag bearer, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu was the major reason  they parted ways politically in 2007.

The Arise Television appearance , was Atiku’s first major public interview since his  emergence as the 2023 presidential candidate of the PDP, where he slammed Tinubu’s choice for his Muslim Muslim Ticket.

In response to a question on his thoughts over the Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC , Atiku said: “My fundamental disagreement with Asiwaju since 2007 was on the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket. That was my fundamental disagreement and departure from Asiwaju.

“Together with Asiwaju, we formed ACN and I was given a ticket in Lagos and he insisted to be my running mate and I said no, I am not going to have a Muslim-Muslim ticket and because of that he switched his support to the late Umaru Yar`Adua and that was the departing point, of course.

“It is also a fact that when Buhari emerged in Lagos in 2015 that I also opposed a Muslim-Muslim ticket. I opposed it and my opposition actually reinforced the decision of President Buhari to pick a Christian running mate.

“So, I have always opposed that. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe it is right for a country like Nigeria that is multi-ethnic, multi-religious.

He added that , “ There should be balancing of interests, whether religious or otherwise”.

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