Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, has backtracked on his earlier stance against the APC’s decision to present a Muslim Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
Fani Kayode who spoke in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday said the agenda of ‘Islamisation’ he has previously raised fronted as a member of the opposition is no longer tenable.
He said it is not about the faith of the presidential candidates but their individual abilities.
“We spoke about Fulanisation, which has been thrown out of the window now because power has been shifted to the south by the APC, the party we accused of that,” he said.
“Secondly, we spoke about Islamisation. Since I joined APC, I realised that, as I said earlier, things have completely changed.
“A situation whereby in this country today we have, no less than 20 Christian governors. The whole of the south-west has Christian governors, except for Osun state, which has now changed because we have a Christian governor who is coming in.
“A situation like that tells you clearly that the country cannot be Islamised and neither is our party APC interested in that. What is happening as far as I’m concerned is this, we have reformed and moving forward.
“Same faith ticket was a challenge but we looked into it. I prayed about it, I consulted, and I spoke to Kashim because all along my position has been – it all depends on who the vice-president is.
“It is not about the faith. It is about the individual; if the individual is a Muslim that I can live with, I’m prepared to live with that. I spoke to this man and Tinubu.
“The candidate himself returned schools to the missionaries in Lagos something that had not been done before. The candidate gave land to so many of these mega-churches in Lagos when he was governor and since that time they have been granted licences to build churches.
“Go to the north, the vice, that is Shettima himself, I met him for over three hours, and we discussed. I looked into the man’s eyes and raised a number of pertinent questions which I needed to be satisfied with and I was satisfied with his answers.
“He has built more churches in Borno state than any other before him and since that time and he won the confidence of many Christians. So the issue of Islamisation no longer arises.”
Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, picked Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno, who is also a Muslim, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
The development has elicited criticism from key stakeholders, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).