The Stakeholders Network and Southwest Supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday took to the streets of Lagos to protest over the position of the party on the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“The group began their peaceful walk from the popular Shoprite Shopping Mall in Ikeja to the State House in the Central Business District area of Alausa.
“Chanting solidarity songs, the protesters walked through the heavy traffic created by the demonstration while displaying several banners Some of the banners read, ‘Dear Baba Asiwaju, Let Shettima Step Down in Yoruba Interest; A cry for justice’, ‘Drop Shettima and give slot to our Christian brothers’, ‘Discrimination and mutual suspicion in our country; ‘replace Shettima with Christian VP to balance the ticket.’
The President-General of the group, Elder Samuel Arokoyo, told journalist that, “Tinubu has been crucial in the nation’s democracy being an important figure for almost four decades hence his emergence as APC presidential candidate was perceived as a breadth of fresh air.
“As a multi-religious and multi-ethnic country, any attempt for one religion to dominate the political structure could only widen the gap of mistrust and destroy the delicate sense of tolerance cultivated over the years.
“This is why the choice of Shettima was not only ill-timed but a total disregard for the diversity of the country, crushing the bridges built to connect the religious differences and promote ethnic harmonious co-existence,” Elder Samuel said.