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Tinubu settles for a Muslim from north as running mate, says Kano Gov Ganduje

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The Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has disclosed that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has agreed to pick a Muslim from the northern part of the country as his running mate.

Ganduje said this on Friday during a prayer session with clerics ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

“We advised him to pick a Muslim deputy. He has agreed,” Ganduje said.

“A Muslim-Muslim ticket is a reality. It is not something new in Nigeria,” Ganduje added.

Ganduje asked the clerics to pray for Tinubu to emerge as Nigeria’s president come 2023.

He also urged them to offer prayers for his administration’s peace and progress.

Ganduje asked the clerics to pray for his Deputy Governor, Yusuf Gawuna, who emerged as the APC governorship candidate in Kano State for the 2023 elections.

The development comes amid speculations over who Tinubu would pick as his running mate, as the final deadline for the submission of candidates’ names inches closer.

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On June 17, an APC chieftain, Kabir Masari was announced as Tinubu’s vice-presidential candidate but said the name was submitted as an interim placement.

Masari was the party’s welfare secretary when Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo governor, was the national chairman of the party.

Prior to the announcement of Masari as the “placeholder” candidate, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had warned the presidential candidates of political parties against choosing running mates of the same religion.

“Any party that tries same religion ticket will fail. This is not 1993. Even when we have a joint Muslim/Christian ticket, the church still goes through hell. Only God knows the number of Christians that have been killed in the last seven years with no one apprehended or prosecuted. Imagine how bad it will be if we have two Muslims in power?

The extant Nigerian Constitution promotes religious balance,” CAN had said in a statement.

Meanwhile, after clinching the APC presidential ticket, Tinubu had said his choice for a running mate is in his “pocketbook”.

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