APC Muslim group disowns Tinubu’s candidate

Tunde Odesola

A group within the Ondo State All Progressives
Congress, APC Muslim Council, said on Thursday
that it had not endorsed any aspirant vying for the
governorship ticket of the party.

A statement jointly signed by the coordinator of
the group, Alhaji Takuro Amidu, and the
spokesperson, Akindele Ahmed, said the APC
Muslim Council in Ondo State had not endorsed
one of the aspirants, Mr. Olusegun Abraham.
Abraham is widely believed to be favoured by the
National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to
clinch the party’s governorship ticket.
Tinubu’s support for Abraham has come under
attack by a cross-section of aspirants within the
party.
Specifically, one of the aspirants, Dr. Tunji
Abayomi, had written an open letter to Tinubu,
accusing the former governor of Lagos State of
disrupting the unity within the party.
Abayomi had faulted Tinubu on the grounds that it
was better for the national leader to allow a free
and fair primary to take place rather than impose
an aspirant on the party.
But Tinubu, in a reply to Abayomi, said he, like any
other member of the party, had the right to choose,
whoever he likes for the governorship post.
The APC group said, “The APC Muslim Council
comprising Ulamas, Chief Imams, Muslim leaders
and all Muslim organisations in Ondo State has
affirmed that its support will only be given to a
credible, God-fearing person with demonstrable
antecedents.
“We will only support an aspirant who would rule
with equity and justice as stated by the Holy
Quran. We will only endorse an aspirant who has
practical antecedents of developing his or her
people and community because community
development is a highly rewarding act of worship
in Islam.”
The group said it would only support a Muslim/
Christian ticket, adding that the best candidates
should be given the opportunity to govern the
state.

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