The National Vice Chairman (North-West) of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Salihu Lukman, says the noise over a perceived Muslim-Muslim ticket is a ploy to distract the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

This is even as the member of the National Working Committee disclosed that he was not surprised to find party members among those demonising Tinubu over fear that he could settle for a Muslim running mate.Lukman, who expressed his concerns in a statement issued in Abuja on yesterday, noted that he has witnessed a similar scenario played out during the build-up to the presidential primary held at Eagle Square.

He projected that given the manner the contest for the presidential primary went, the challenge of uniting APC leaders to defeat all opposition parties, including PDP, will form an important precondition for winning the 2023 elections.

The need to ‘work to ensure PDP does not return to power after 16 years of colossal failure’ was the mantra in Tinubu’s acceptance speech after his victory on Wednesday.Lukman emphasised that with Asiwaju’s victory, the debate has now shifted to the choice of running mate.

Lukman warned political leaders to desist from riding on cheap sentiments of religion and ethnicity to opportunistically win elections.

Credit: Punch

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