Popular governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has been ruled out as a potential running mate to the eventual presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress party, APC. This is according to a report by Punch newspaper.
According to Punch,
“A highly placed source in the party, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity in Abuja on Sunday, said that Fashola’s religion had ruled him out of the race.
He said since it was almost certain that the party would field a Muslim as its presidential candidate, it would therefore be out of place to field another Muslim as the running mate.”
Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is believed to be the front runner to the APC presidential ticket, along with former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Other candidates include, the Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwakwanso, and Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
According to the source as reported by Punch newspaper,
“But this issue of religion is the problem. Apart from this, other APC governors from the zone are also Muslims. You may need to recall that the enemies of our party tried in vain before to label the party a Muslim party.
“Even though they have failed, we may also need to be guided by the words of advice from former President Olusegun Obasanjo against any party fielding same religion ticket. This is what is hampering us concerning Fashola, whose performance and competence cannot be queried.”