The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has distanced itself from the announcement of Kashim Shettima as the All Progressives Congress’s vice-presidential candidate (APC).
Mr Bayo Adedeji, CAN’s National Public Relations Officer, announced this in a short message after images of men identified as “pastors and bishops” went viral.
“Let them name the CAN officials that attended the programme and their offices,” he said. “If they could use 2017 photos to claim that some bishops visited Senator Shettima and lied that Pastor E. A. Adeboye had endorsed them, they could do anything.
“Our position on Muslim-Muslim ticket is irreversible. Anybody can claim to be anything, but one thing is clear, CAN was not part of the unveiling programme of Shettima.”
The reaction by the Christian body comes hours after the ruling party officially presented Shettima – a Muslim – as the running mate to its presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, who is also a Muslim.
Shettima, a two-term governor of Borno State, is the lawmaker representing Borno Central senatorial district in the National Assembly.