A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hilliard Eta, has berated the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, accusing it of acting like the political wing of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Eta, a Former National Vice Chairman South-South of the All Progressives Congress, APC, levelled the allegation while faulting CAN for opposing the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday at the ruling party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, Eta said the Christian body’s position that the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket is an Islamization agenda shows that it is acting like political wing of PDP.
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According to him: “I need to say this. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is the religious wing of the PDP. It has been so established and we have reasons to say so because the sitting Vice President today is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
”Yet CAN did not support him in 2019. He was on the ballot in 2015 they did not support him. They supported Atiku Abubakar who is a Muslim because CAN is beholden to the PDP.
“Before this Muslim-Muslim matter came up, we in the South say that the presidency should come to the South whether in PDP or in APC. Now the PDP did their primary first and a Fulani Muslim became their candidate, why did this CAN not speak against that ticket?
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“All of a sudden CAN now found its voice the moment the APC selected Sen Shettima as our Vice Presidential candidate. Let me also say here that before Sen Shettima was picked, we had one Masari on the ticket.”
The APC chieftain also pointed out that CAN was against the choice of former Borno governor, Kashim Shettima as APC’s vice presidential candidate because he would “lock up the North East geopolitical zone.”