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Shagari releases damning verdict, says APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail in 2023 poll

....insists APC has failed Northerners

The All Progressives Congress’ Muslim-Muslim ticket will not get the desired voter turnout in the Northern parts of the country for the presidential candidate and his running mate in 2023 polls, a former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, has said.

He also said APC has failed Nigerians.

“The Christians in this country, especially in the North felt slighted, they felt insulted when APC decided to go with Muslim-Muslim ticket,” Shagari said on Channels TV programme, “Politics Today” on Tuesday.

Shagari, a former Minister of Water Resources and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said if APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has a Christian wife, Oluremi, it is only okay to choose a Christian running mate and not a fellow Muslim in the person of former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.

He described as an insult, the same-faith ticket of the APC, adding that Nigerians and Christians will reject the ruling party in the forthcoming poll.

“The APC has failed Nigerians in every aspect you can think of. In every aspect you can think of, APC has failed Nigerians, particularly in the North where people are now kidnapped and ransoms have to be paid and people are now being killed.

“Lack of employment all over the country and so on. They simply think that both the Christians and the Muslims in this country are stupid.

“So, they decided to come out with the Muslim-Muslim ticket, thinking if they do that, everybody in the North-West, in the North-East and the rest of Nigeria will jump at it but Nigerian people are wiser, they know what they want: they want a government that will change their lives for the better,” Shagari said.

The PDP BoT member described as disappointing Tinubu’s outing on Monday at the Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom.

“Nigerians want a leader who can relate with them, answer their questions and clear their doubts and not one who delegates his allies to respond to questions directed at him.”

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