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Why I Quit APC Over Muslim/Muslim Ticket — Rivers APC Chieftain Tonye Princewill

A Tinubu/Shettima Muslim/Muslim campaign poster circulated by the APC immediate Kashim Shettima was named its vice prrsidential candidate. Credit: TSG

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governorship candidate in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has explained why he resigned his membership of the party on account of the Muslim/Muslim ticket foisted upon it by its 2023 presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu..

In a statement accompanying his resignation letter that was mailed to the Atlantic Post on Tuesday July 12, Prince Prncewill explained thus: “I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.

“It sets a very wrong precedent; it is totally insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad for good governance.

“Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory, OVER the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.”

According to the Rivers Kalabari born politician, businessman and filmmaker, “While I appreciate my leader Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and all his efforts, I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.

“It sets a very wrong precedent; it is totally insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad for good governance. Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory, OVER the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.”

“The men and women of our party here in Rivers are the most loyal and faithful supporters I have met. They know right and they know wrong. And they know me. I enjoyed working with them and I’m so sad to leave.

“But an APC party that totally disregards the basics of the same equity we preach, is alien to me. Buhari resisted the same temptation and chose a little known Osinbajo and won. By doing this, Tinubu is saying that a Northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree.

“I wish you well. And I remain grateful to our Leader, but I cannot defend the indefensible. And to be totally honest, neither should you.”