All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu said those who criticized him for choosing Kashim Shettima as his running mate did so because they wanted the job, but he denied them the opportunity.
Tinubu said some of those criticizing his choice of Shettima as his running mate were his close friends whom he turned down.
He revealed this during an interactive session with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja, led by Archbishop Daniel Ukoh.
Babachir Lawal, a former Federation government secretary and close ally of Tinubu, had condemned the APC’s Islamo-Muslim ticket. He described it as “a disastrous mistake”.
Additionally, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, urged Christians to vote against the APC following Tinubu’s decision to settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Speaking at the session, Tinubu said: “People reacted harshly to my selection. They are my friends, they pressured me and wanted to be my running mate but I rejected them outright.”