The camp of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reacted to threats by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to mobilise northern Christians to vote against him.
Recall, HausaToday reported that Lawal said he and Dogara had mobilized about 40 Christian leaders in the north to wreck the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the APC
Speaking during an interview on Arise TV, Lawal said that the introduction of the same faith ticket was an evil plan aimed at creating divisions in the North.
Reacting to Lawal’s plan toward the APC’s ticket, the Director-General of Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, Adebayo Shittu told Punch that those making the threats did not have any electoral value to the party.
He maintained that no amount of intimidation from the duo would shake the party.
He said, “These people have little or no electoral value. If Dogara and Lawal are as potent as they are, will they be making noise about it?
“Intimidation cannot work here because this is a political land space. What were their votes in the last election? I don’t think the media should be giving them this relevance to be escalating what they are saying. Should anybody be threatening the APC or its candidate at this stage?”
A spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, sharing his thoughts on the development, said the chieftains were simply expressing their frustration.
He, however, said that it was unacceptable for the duo to force their belief on others.
He said, “I think they have made their point and they have been heard loud and clear. After that, they must allow the majority members of the party to have their say and way. Let Nigerians as a whole also have their say at the 2023 general elections.
“They have not been nominated at any event by the party’s Constitution to be the leader of any bloc called Northern Christians bloc. They have not been elected or nominated. What they are conducting is just their own opinion or agenda. They should not pretend to be leading a non-existent bloc in the party.”