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Muslim- Muslim Ticket: Amaechi’s Ally Dumps APC, Says Tinubu’s Decision Insensitive

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Former Rivers State governorship candidate under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (ACN), Prince Tonye Princewill, has dumped the ruling party.

Princewill made the disclosure in a letter dated dated July 12,2022 and addressed to the Chairman of the party in his Ward 3, Royal Ward, Buguma City, Asari Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State.

Stonix News had reported that Asiwaju Tinubu, in spite of permutations against the idea, went ahead to pick former Bornu State governor, and fellow Muslim, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

He said he could not, in good conscience, defend the APC’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu choice of a fellow Muslim, Kashim as his running mate.

Princewill described Tinubu’s choice as “totally insensitive,” noting that it would be a wrong precedence to place political victory over the safety of lives of the electorate.

“Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory, over the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens,” he quipped.

The ally of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi maintained that by Tinubu’s choice of a Northern Muslim connotes that northern Christians have no value.

“Tinubu is saying that a Northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree.

“I can’t argue for equity in my state and defend inequity in my country.
While I appreciate my leader Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi and all his efforts, I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.

“It sets a very wrong precedent, it is totally insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad for good governance. Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory, OVER the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.

“The men and women of our party here in Rivers are the most loyal and faithful supporters I have met. They know right and they know wrong. And they know me. I enjoyed working with them and I’m so sad to leave.

“But an APC party that totally disregards the basics of the same equity we preach, is alien to me.

“Buhari resisted the same temptation and chose a little known Osinbajo and won.

“By doing this, Tinubu is saying that a Northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree.

“I wish you well. And I remain grateful to our leader, but I cannot defend the indefensible. And to be totally honest, neither should you,” the statement read in part.

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