Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, says his acceptance to lead the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket campaign has not shaken his staunch belief as a Catholic.
Lalong spoke on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Plateau governor said as a born, baptised and confirmed Catholic, who has the highest award from the Papacy, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great, the Pope had not told him that it would be wrong for him to lead the Muslim-Muslim presidential campaign team.
He said the Pleateau State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria even came to the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, to welcome him with fanfare after his appointment as the APC presidential campaign DG.
He, however, said he was unsure of where those who claimed to be Christians but opposed his appointment as against their faith were coming from.
Lalong, who lambasted some Christian leaders asking him to reject the appointment because of the condemnations that trailed the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket, said his selection was strictly a party affair which had nothing to do with religion.
The governor, who said he respects his faith as a Christian, stated that he was elected for people of all faiths and non-believers as well.
He added that since politics is about interest, he is a member of the APC and will not engage in anti-party activities.
He also distanced himself from the allegation that he lobbied to become the running mate of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The governor explained that he was at the Presidential Villa to thank the President for approving numerous infrastructural projects and for granting presidential pardon to the former governor of the state, Senator Joshua Dariye as well of a former governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame who were jailed for corruption.