Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has revealed that he fell out with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2007 over the latter’s push for a Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the April 21, 2007 presidential election.



Atiku said “My fundamental disagreement with Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) since 2007 was on the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket. That was my fundamental disagreement and departure politically from Asiwaju.


“Remember that I came out of PDP (defected) on the issue of zoning and together with Asiwaju we formed the ACN (Action Congress of Nigeria) and I was given the ticket in Lagos and he (Tinubu) insisted to be my running mate and I said no! I am not going to have a Muslim-Muslim ticket and because of that, he switched his support to the late Umaru Yar’Adua. That was the parting point.”


“And of course, it is also a fact that when Buhari emerged (as APC’s candidate) in 2015 in Lagos I opposed a Muslim-Muslim ticket and my opposition actually reinforced the decision of President Buhari to pick a Christina running mate.


“I don’t believe it is right for a country like Nigeria. In a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, there should be balance of interest, whether religious or otherwise.”


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