Eight members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who had earlier expressed displeasure with the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been appointed to the party’s presidential campaign council.
Recall that CAN had expressed displeasure over Bola Tinubu’s decision to pick Senator Kashim Shettima, a Muslim, as his running mate in the forthcoming general election in 2023.
Although Tinubu has said that Shettima’s selection was based on merit, CAN believed that the action showed insensitivity to other religions, especially Christianity.
It was, therefore, surprising to find top officials of the Christian body on the APC campaign council list.
Those who made the list are; Apostle Biodun Sanyaolu, Assistant General Secretary of CAN; Stephen Adegbite; Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Comfort Chigbue; and Testimony Onifade, former Personal Assistant to immediate past CAN President, Samson Ayokunle.
Others include Victor Ivoke, Personal Assistant to Rev. Daniel Okoh, current President of CAN; Kwamkur Samuel CAN former Director of Legal and Public Affairs; and Professor Para Mallam.
But Punch reports that Okoh has “categorically exonerated” himself from the APC campaign council list, which, according to him, “counters the well-known stance of CAN on partisanship”.