*says it depicts anti Christian if Buhari, other party stakeholders allow it to sail through
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Muslim-Muslim joint ticket adopted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu has caused a lot of aspersions and disruptive arguments by many party stakeholders.
Party loyalists like Mr. Ishaku Abbo (Cliff), the Senator representing Adamawa Northern Senatorial District have openly criticized the choice of Senator Kashim Shetima as Tinubu’s running mate for the 2023 general election.
Abbo in many fora and media outlets, said that the joint ticket is a slap and disrespectful to the Christian community.
He asserted that the decision is outrightly a blasphemy and a sacrilege to all Christians in Nigeria, especially those who are card-carrying members of the party.
The Adamawa Northern Senator recently in a church sermon and a meeting of the APC Christian Northern Forum spearheaded by Engr Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the government of the federation, said anyone in the party that is supporting the Muslim-Muslim ticket is a “potential Boko Haram member.”
On the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Abbo stated his position on both his verified social media handles and said that his “soul is not for sale” , he cannot trade truth for votes, and he cannot be used to cover up injustice.
Following the condemnation of the Muslim-Muslim ticket by Senator Cliff, an APC stakeholder in Adamawa North, Rilwan Haruna Lawal is of the view that the aggressive lawmaker has declared open war on all party critical stakeholders.
According to Lawal, the Senator has disrespected the party’s leaders who have supported Kashim Shetima’s choice to be the next vice president of Nigeria.
He said Abbo’s views of all “APC members who do not rise against the Muslim-Muslim joint ticket are potential Boko Haram members, “is a denigrating statement that should not be taken lightly.
“The implication of Abbo’s statement is simply to mean that both President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman, the party’s Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu, and the 15 governors of the party who supported this ticket are all potential Boko Haram members because they have endorsed the ticket and seen its legibility to win the election come 2023.
” This is where he is having an issue, this man is busy de-marketing the party in our area, giving the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), undue popularity, giving free campaign for Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Bell at the expense of our party losing the 2023 Senatorial seat.
“The question is this, who is Senator Abbo in APC to respectfully call his party men Boko Haram members? This is the same person holding the party’s ticket and is busy captivating and attacking all prominent party men in the name of fighting for the Christian religion.
“I’m calling for a rescue mission to our party and the only way to do it is to sanction Abbo by sending him out of the party, then the party will have peace and be focused on winning the election, not losing it, or else, we are in for a big loss,” Lawal said
The party stakeholder in Adamawa North is worried that the alleged anti-party activities of Senator Abbo are worrisome to the extent of affecting the political arithmetic of the zone and the chances of APC winning the election.
He revealed that the electorate in the area are already having the feeling of not having a candidate in APC and they rather go for NNPP to make their votes count by stopping Abbo from winning the election.
“I want to authoritatively tell you that Mubi is the stronghold of APC but with what Abbo is doing, a chunk of the votes will be deflected in favor of parties whose logos are hardly known in the state.
“APC will be virtually left with nothing because Cliff has discredited himself and is on the verge of killing the party if something urgent is not done.
“The annoying part of the whole issue is that nobody in APC is saying anything. They are sitting down mute, watching how the party is going to lose the election, allowing the unpopular party win the election on a platter of gold.
” This is a zone control and owned by APC, a zone in search of a credible candidate. Right from the onset, one of the reasons why Dr. Belel is out for the seat is because there is no one good thereby, having the ticket by APC.
“The party, therefore, has to call Senator Abbo to order or seize his membership card. If he is not going with the party’s collective agenda, and interest, there is no way for the party leaders to allow anti-party to continue to thrive, it will do more harm than good.
” His behaviour is bad, going unchecked to the detriment of the party. The parent-party should withdraw his membership due to his unrepentant anti-party activities because the party is at liberty to do that.” Lawal added.