Pick pilgrim commission boss as running mate, group tells Tinubu

Tinubu, Pam
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The Northern Inter-Tribal and Inter-Religion Alliance for Peace, Unity and Development on Wednesday called on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to douse the tension of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by adopting the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, as running mate.

The appeal comes less than 48 hours before the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for political parties to submit the names of their vice presidential candidates.

The temptation of fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket has seemingly unsettled the ruling APC and got their supporters divided.

In a statement released on Wednesday in Abuja, Secretary of the Northern Inter-Religion Alliance, Aaron Odeh, stated emphatically that the Christian Pilgrim Commission boss will play an important role in bringing peace and development to the beleaguered northern parts of the country.

The statement read, “We want to use this opportunity to appeal to the leadership of the APC to consider a Christian personality of northern extraction to be chosen as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s running mate.

“The alliance is not championing any religion ahead of others, because, in almost every home in Nigeria, Christians and Muslims, as well as other religions, have been living peacefully together.

“We want the leadership of the APC to consider the current Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, for vice president.

“Virtually everyone who has come in contact with him can attest that he is a detribalised Nigerian who always reflects federal character principles in his day-to-day running of the affairs of the commission. He is the solution we need to douse this Muslim-Muslim ticket tension.”

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