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Masari, El-Rufai, others market Tinubu to Northern Christians

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has said among all the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections, the All Progressives Congress standard bearer, Bola Tinubu as the preferred choice.

“Leadership is about justice to the people, even to animals. Lagos is a mini Nigeria. Both Christians and Muslims, and pagans are in Lagos. At a point in time, you cannot drive in Lagos with your car windows widely open because of thieves. Hardly a day passed without seeing a dead body in dump sites. 

“But when Tinubu became governor for eight years,  he brought sanity to Lagos. It is baseless to express the fear that Tinubu will Islamise Nigeria. It is not true. Did Buhari Islamise Nigeria after seven years in office? Did Obasanjo Christianise Nigeria after eight years in office? Did Jonathan make Nigeria a Christian country after six years in office?,” he questioned.

“I can tell you that if you assemble all the presidential candidates before a blind man, he will choose Tinubu,” Masari said. 

On his part, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said the main problem of the country “is politics with bitterness.”

He noted, however, when the young, women gathered with a common cause devoid of “bitterness”, then, there would be hope for the nation. 

“We have to pick a candidate who is tested and trusted. He is Ahmed Tinubu. He was governor for eight years. He picked a successor that was liked by the people. 

“History will repeat itself. During the military regime under General Ibrahim Babangida’s transition to civil rule, there was an election between MKO Abiola and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of SDP and NRC. Abiola’s running mate was a  Muslim. 

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“It was a Muslim Muslim ticket  that won the election. Tofa that picked a Christian running mate lost the election. So Tinubu will win the election.” 

Also speaking, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai said the reasons why Northern APC governors decided to support a southern presidential candidate, was for the spirit of unity, fairness and justice in the country. 

“In the spirit of unity, fairness and justice in the country, after president Buhari’s tenure, it is fair that the presidency should go to the South. 

“And we converged in Katsina lodge before governor Aminu Bello Masari that said that among all the presidential candidates, we should go for Ahmed  Tinubu because of his track records while he was governor of Lagos,” he added. 

The trio spoke on Tuesday at a town hall meeting with a group of Christians from the North.

Wife of Tinubu, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, expressed satisfaction with the Christian group, noting that her husband would not let them down if voted into power.

She described the APC presidential hopeful  as a workaholic and a generous man, “full of intelligence.”

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