APC Arewa youths endorse pilgrim commission boss as Tinubu’s running mate

Tinubu, Pam
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The Arewa Youths and Support Group of the All Progressives Congress has urged the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the northern governors to consider adopting the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, as running mate.

The move comes two weeks after the Northern Inter-Tribal and Inter-Religion Alliance for Peace, Unity and Development made a similar call ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, General Secretary of the group, Lukman Bako, frowned at the alleged move by the party leadership and governors to impose a Muslim candidate, despite knowing that the presidential flagbearer practises the same religion in the South.

Bako, who stated that he was against the principle of religious intolerance and sensitivity, stressed that choosing a de-tribalised candidate like the cleric would douse the tension of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

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He said, “It is indeed worrisome that some vested interest in our great party has elected to constitute themselves as demigods in the affairs of the party hence their ignoble role in fostering a candidature that would be hard to sell to the electorates in Nigeria.

“The implication of such cannot be overemphasized, hence the need for the leadership of the party to be circumspect regarding the choice of vice-presidential candidate in the presidential elections.

“The rational thing to do is to nominate a Christian from the North Central/Middle Belt as the vice-presidential candidate of the APC.”

Bako hinged the group’s choice of Rev. Pam on his personality as a bridge-builder and a unifying figure, which he said was evident in his contributions to peace and development in Northern Nigeria for decades.

While stating the temptation of fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket might be irresistible to the northern governors because of regional interest, he warned that it might unsettle the ruling APC and grt their supporters divided.

“We hold the firm conviction that the choice of Rev Yakubu Pam as the vice-presidential candidate of the APC comes with its attendant benefits as it would give the APC a balanced ticket that would eventually guarantee electoral success at the polls,” he stated.

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