Popular Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the parties’ choice of a Muslim -Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential elections.
The actor announced his exit in a letter shared via his official Instagram page on Monday.
According to him, his resignation comes from an “interest of equity, justice, fairness and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.”
Wakadaily reported that, former Lagos State governor, Bola Amhed Tinubu, has on Saturday announced Kashim Ibrahim Shattima, former Borno State governor as his running mate, despite being warned by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to avoid the same faith ticket.
Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shattima are both Muslim.
The statement read in part, “Recall that joined APC because of its Constitutional vow, as true Progressives and Patriots, to eliminate all forms of discrimination and social injustice in Nigeria, thereby building the nation a nation which will guarantee equal opportunity for all and ensure mutual and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“Those ideals are now alien to the APC, with their unfortunate decision to paint our Muslim brothers in had light, by insinuating that the Muslims in Nigeria will not accept or vote for a Northern Christian as Vice-President to pair with a Southern Muslim.
“If Muslims could vote voluntarily for Southern Christian Presidents, it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a Northern Christian Vice-President. This will permanently destroy the political viability of Northern Christians in Nigeria if allowed to stand.
He added that “Being the convener of the Campaign for Equity and Justice in Nigeria, and as a former member of APC Presidential Campaign Council, which resisted same religion presidential ticket in the past, I can no longer continue to lend my name to these abnormalities in the interest of our peaceful co-existence, integration and progress of our beloved country, Nigeria.”
“I, therefore, resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress to enable me focus on building the Nigeria of our dream.”