2023: Northern Christian political group vows to support Tinubu


group, Christians Northern Nigeria Political Forum (CNNPF), on Tuesday pledged to mobilise support for Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The group, which met in Kaduna, said that Mr Tinubu was the best presidential candidate Nigerians should vote for.

The CNNPF Coordinator, Ibrahim Itodo described Mr Tinubu as a visionary leader with great ideas, policies and strategies for the growth and development of the country.

According to him, God has given the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate an unusual wisdom to navigate through uncommon leadership situations to take Nigeria to greater heights.

Also, the Women Leader of CNNPF, Christina Bature said that members of the Forum believed in Mr Tinubu’s capacity and his goodwill for Nigeria.

“As an elder statesman, we are optimistic that he will deliver on the mandate to restore lasting peace, modernize the education sector, improve agriculture, safeguard all citizens and return all IDPs to their habitats,” she said.

In his speech, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State assured that Mr Tinubu would be just, fair and equitable to all Nigerians, if elected president.

He said that the forthcoming election was not about religion or ethnicity, but about capacity, competence and commitment to the people.

“I appeal to you not to listen to any sentiment and support Tinubu, I know all the aspirants and I know their capacities, no one can match him,” he said.

El-Rufai admonished Nigerians to reject the religious narrative, saying that Mr Tinubu as a Muslim has a Christian wife for over 30 years, who is also Senior Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

According to him, northern politicians agreed that after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency should go to the south in the interest of fairness, equity and unity.

He said North West governors particularly supported Tinubu because of his track record and performance when he served as Governor of Lagos State, and what he can do for Nigeria.

In her remark, Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the APC presidential candidate, described the unity of Nigeria irrespective of ethic and religious differences as God’s plan, adding that “In unity we can move forward.”

She expressed appreciation to the group for the mammoth crowd of supporters and their resolve to vote for Mr Tinubu and the APC in 2023.

Earlier, Hadiza Balarabe, the deputy governorship candidate of APC in the state, urged party supporters to carry the message of unity to all nooks and crannies of the state.

“We are more focused on competence and capacity which are needed for a brighter and greater Nigeria under Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,” she added.

The event was attended by Governors of Kano and Katsina States, Abdullahi Ganduje and Aminu Masari, respectively.

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