Umbrella Force, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) largest organisation of media commentators and influencers, has condemned the selection of former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima — a Muslim, as the Vice-Presidential running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking at an impromptu Press Conference delivered outside Wadata Plaza, the PDP Secretariat on Tuesday, the group stated that Tinubu and the APC have disregarded the moral fabric that constitutes Nigeria’s fragile multi-religious balance, and by so doing, “have slapped Nigerians in the face.”
The Group said:
“We will not mince words on this issue. This is a slap on the face of every Nigerian — both Muslims and Christians because it sets a dangerous trend and precedence that may significantly affect the unity and peace of the country.
“This selection has the stench of inconsideration, irresponsibility, division and disunity. It has total disregard for the feelings of all Nigerians. It was done in bad faith. Are there no other competent Christians in the APC? Nigerians need to ask: ‘What is so special about Kashim Shettima? What does he bring to the table that other competent Nigerians from other religions cannot bring?’
“Right now, it is clear that Tinubu is only interested in winning. He does not care about Nigeria and Nigerians. He never has. Even President Buhari, with all his faults, saw reason in 2014 and decided to go against a Muslim-Muslim ticket. This is why Tinubu was not his running mate then. Because people like Bukola Saraki, who were then in the APC, served as the conscience of the party and advised against it.
“As it stands, the APC has presented Nigerians with a choice – to either vote for a party that intends to divide Nigerians and exclude more than half of our population from governance or to vote for a party that seeks to unify Nigeria and Nigerians with the understanding that together we can do so much more. We urge Nigerians to vote wisely.
“Finally, it is important for all lovers of Nigeria, regardless of their political party, to come out publicly and condemn the arrogance of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for choosing the route of a Muslim-Muslim ticket as his best course to victory,” the group said.
Spokesperson, Umbrella Force