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The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, has reiterated his earlier claims that there is nothing wrong if the All Progressives Congress (APC) decides to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 2023 presidential election.
He stated this on Wednesday while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja.
According to him, it is paramount that the ruling party retains the presidential seat by winning the forthcoming 2023 election.
Kalu argued that a southern minority Muslim and a northern minority Christian couldn’t win a presidential election in Nigeria.
“Do you want me to speak the truth? If I am Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose wife is a senior pastor at a Pentecostal Church, I will go for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“The most important thing is for the party to win. We should stop the issue of whether you put a Christian there or not.
“After all if we win, the wife is already a pastor. This is my own opinion, and you cannot deny my opinion.
Kalu also told newsmen that a party could also play a Christian-Christian ticket, depending on the scenario.
He added that it would be almost difficult for the APC to win the election in 2023 if Tinubu does not play a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“I know the Church I go to. There is nothing wrong with a Muslim-Muslim ticket, just as there is nothing wrong with a Christian-Christian ticket.
“Tinubu is a minority Muslim from the south, and if you pick a Christian from the north, it will be a minority Christian, and you cannot play two minorities; it is difficult.
However, he clarified that his submissions were not those of the APC, but those of Orji Kalu.
“I sit with Tinubu’s wife in the Senate and the wife is a pastor I have known Tinubu for a long time and he is a man who can do the work.
“Tinubu is not a man who preaches Islam or Christianity. He is a man who goes with everybody and can do the work, I know that most Christians will be hurt by what I am saying, but picking a Muslim or a Christian will not make him the best president.
“It is his conscience which is an open wound that only truth can heal that matters,’’ Kalu said.
Thereafter, Kalu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a level playing ground for all candidates at the APC’s presidential primary election.