It is no more news that the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress has been concluded, with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerging as the winner after a keenly contested election at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Since the conclusion of this election, there has been several debates across the country about who will be chosen by the presidential candidate as his running mate.
These debates have largely been anchored on the issue of religion, which has become one of the major factor for consideration in trying to scout for a Vice Presidential candidate for the joint ticket.
The Commissioner representing Lagos Division at the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Honourable Hakeem Bamgbola, has lent his voice to the raging issue of the nomination of a running mate to the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In a press statement made available to newsmen, he said it is high time that Nigerians begin to detach religion and ethnicity from the issue of politics and governance, adding that competence, merit and capability should be allowed to be the determinant factor in arriving at a choice of elected public officers.
On the search for a running mate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Hon. Bamgbola said that he is in support of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in as much as it will translate to getting the best men to do the job of fixing the challenges of our dear Nation, and also help the All Progressives Congress, to emerge victorious at the coming general election.
He described Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a detribalised Nigerian who has never considered ethnicity and religion in all his efforts at human capacity development and good governance, adding that majority of the beneficiaries of his large heart, generosity and philanthropic activities have been persons from a religion that is different from his.
To buttress Tinubu’s tolerance for the other major religion, Hon. Bamgbola stated that the greatest evidence of religion tolerance on the path of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was that he has tolerated and lived with a Christian wife, who is also a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God for close to 40 years.
He urged Nigerians to be focused on the capabilities of the candidates put forward by the All Progressives Congress and support the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President, while stating that with his huge experience in governance, track record in public service delivery, and the large network of quality men and women at his disposal, he is destined to turn out as the best President that Nigeria has ever had.