Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday met with the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, but failed to get their endorsement.
Speaking during the meeting, which was held behind closed-doors, the Chairman of Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, Archbishop John Praise told Tinubu that the forum is not committed to endorsing anybody.
“We are not committed to endorsing anybody, but you should ask your conscience and from what you have heard and from the explanation, he (Tinubu) had given to us, to make your own judgement of who will better rule and handle the country,” Praise said.
As he defended his party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket before Christian leaders, Tinubu claimed that Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was chosen as his running mate due to his competency rather than his faith.
The former governor of Lagos State argued that Nigeria’s political and socio-economic problems can only be solved by competent people.
The Christian community has always counted on Tinubu’s friendship, he claimed.
He therefore pleaded with the Christian leaders to take his record, his ambitions, and his agenda for the development of Nigeria into consideration.
Days prior to Tinubu’s meeting with the Northern Bishops, Yakubu Dogara and Babachir Lawal, former Secretaries to the Government of the Federation, pledged to mobilize the northern Christian electorate to vote against the ruling party’s presidential candidate.