The Christian Association of Nigeria has maintained its opposition against the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
According to The PUNCH, CAN also denied reaching an amicable agreement with the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
The Christain body said this in a statement signed by its Special Assistant on Media to the leadership of the association, Luminous Jannamike, titled, ‘Muslim-Muslim Ticket: CAN maintain its position.’
Tinubu reportedly met with the leadership of CAN over the controversy that arose from the party’s choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 general elections.
The former Lagos State Governor had selected a former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as his running mate, a move which angered the Christian population in the country.
Debunking the report of the agreement between Tinubu and CAN, the Christian body in a statement on Monday that it had not changed its stance on the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The association also warned that Tinubu’s presence and donation at last week’s 70th birthday of Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, should not be seen as a financial inducement bribe to pacify the Christian community.
The statement partly read, “The attention of the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria has been drawn to a media report titled, ‘How Tinubu met, resolved Muslim-Muslim ticket with CAN’, which claimed that the apex Christian body had changed its position regarding the same faith ticket.
“To say the least, the story is ridiculous, malicious, untrue and should be disregarded in its entirety by all reasonable members of the society.
“For the records, CAN took a position against the same faith ticket imbroglio under the leadership of Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, its immediate past national president and as a matter of fact, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Okoh stands on that same position.”