Nollywood actor and Politician, Kenneth Okonkwo has withdrawn his membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of Kashim Shettima as the Vice Presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 Presidential election.
ThisNigeria reported that the presidential flagbearer of the APC, Bola Tinubu had on Sunday officially announced, Shettima, who is a Muslim, as his running mate in the 2023 elections.
The announcement has continued to receive more knocks than praises as many frown upon a Muslim-Muslim ticket due to the security situation in the country.
Reacting to Shettima’s emergence, Okonkwo, in a statement posted on his Instagram page, said that Tinubu’s decision will “destroy the political viability of Northern Christians in Nigeria”
“Recall that I joined APC because of its Constitutional vow, as true Progressives and Patriots, to eliminate all forms of discrimination and social injustice in Nigeria, thereby building the nation a nation which will guarantee equal opportunity for all and ensure mutual and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“Those ideals are now alien to the APC, with their unfortunate decision to paint our Muslim brothers in had light, by insinuating that the Muslims in Nigeria will not accept or vote for a Northern Christian as Vice-President to pair with a Southern Muslim.
“If Muslims could vote voluntarily for Southern Christian Presidents, it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a Northern Christian Vice-President.
“Being the convener of the Campaign for Equity and Justice in Nigeria, and as a former member of APC Presidential Campaign Council, which resisted same religion presidential ticket in the past, I can no longer continue to lend my name to these abnormalities in the interest of our peaceful co-existence, integration and progress of our beloved country,” the statement read.
The senator representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo also resigned his membership of a Tinubu support group over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC.
He accused Mr Tinubu of refusing to take a cue from the opposition against his vice-presidential ambition and how President Muhammadu Buhari opted for a Christian running mate in 2015.
“Buhari fought a civil war and understands the consequences of a divided nation. When Tinubu wanted to be VP in 2015, Buhari said no because he understood the importance of unity,” explained Mr Abbo.