Saturday June 18, 2022
The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Groups and management Committee has thrown its weight behind the choice of a running mate for the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
BAT-SGMC in a release signed by its National Coordinator and Founder, Asiwaju Progressive Forum (APF), Hon Adewale Adeogun and made available to journalists through the Secretary, Press Committee, BAT-SGMC, Lekan Shobo Shobowale said even though the choice of Alhaji Kabiru Marafa is temporary, the group will do all in its ability to ensure emergence of Tinubu come 2023.
“I am delighted to present the position of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Groups Management Committee (BAT-SGMC) on the choice of a running mate by His Excellency Senator (Dr) Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential flagbearer of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
As you are aware, Dr. Tinubu is a Muslim of Western extraction, and the party has graciously zoned the Vice Presidential ticket to the North. The party is still in the consultation process of agreeing on the running mate of Senator Bola Tinubu, her Presidential flagbearer. However, to meet up with the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Alhaji Kabiru Masari’s name has been forwarded to INEC.
We understand that this could be temporary as the consultation process is still going on.”
He said there has been calls from some quarters that the APC should not field a Muslim-Muslim ticket, this call he said has been premised on the heterogeneous nature of the Nigerian state on religion and ethnic orientation.
Prince Adeogun on behalf of BAT – SGMC which comprises of over hundred groups believes that the nation at this critical moment of its socio-economic and political challenges reduce the concept of governance to regional and religious politics.
He said APC as a political party is conscious of the political terrain and desirous of retaining power and this can only be achieved through a comprehensive understanding of the voting process and the ability of the candidates presented to influence the political consciousness of the people to get involved in the political process and vote for the party.
“It is also a known fact that His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a nationalist with great religious tolerance. He is married to a Christian Pastor for close to five decades now. Therefore, the call for a Christian Christian, or Muslim Muslim ticket should not be a deciding factor.
What is needed now is capacity, competence, commitment to national development and the political will to drive socio-economic and political development in the country.
We believe that Dr. Tinubu has what it takes to transform this country industrially, provide employment, curb poverty, illiteracy and ensure societal sustainable transformation.”
Prince Adeogun added that Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Groups Management Committee (BAT-SGMC) will align with the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its Presidential flagbearer on the choice of his running mate.
He said the group presently support Alhaji Kabiru Masari who has been nominated.
“We support it. If there is a change in the coming days, we would also agree with the party on whoever is presented as the running mate of our Presidential flagbearer and agreed upon by the stakeholders of our great party the APC,the statement added.