Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Oshiomhole Reveals How Obasanjo Became President Despite Losing In His State
Former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has spoken about the Muslim-Muslim ticket that has been generating controversy after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu picked Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
In an interview with The Punch, Oshiomhole spoke on some key issues affecting Nigeria including the Muslim-Muslim ticket and decided to explain how former President Olusegun Obasanjo became President of Nigeria even after he lost in South West and his home state, Ogun in 1999. He stated that a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket is not what matters, but what matters is who the majority of Nigerians decide to support.
He added that Nigeria will only be great as the people want if religion, ethnicity and other divisive factors are not played up. Rather, competence and things that would move the country forward should be the main concern of the people.
The ex-Edo Governor revealed that Obasanjo was accused of lacking political structures in 1999 to the extent that he lost not only in South West which Alliance for Democracy (AD) won with landslide, he also lost Ogun State to AD but still emerged President. Oshiomhole then disclosed that Obasanjo won due to the massive support he got from other parts of Nigeria especially the North. He added that they voted for him, not because of religion or ethnicity but because they believe that those primordial sentiments are not what mattered.