Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, said that the Muslim-Muslim ticket caused him to turn down Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as a running mate in 2007.
In an interview with ARISE TV on Friday, Atiku, the former deputy of Olusegun Obasanjo, said as much.
When Atiku and Obasanjo fell out in the race to follow him, Tinubu helped form the Action Congress (AC), a party that was essential in the formation of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) governors who were elected in 1999.
On his second tenure as Lagos governor, Tinubu established the foundation for AC, the platform on which Fashola was elected as his successor as Minister of Works and Housing.
Atiku left the PDP to run for president of the AC after a long campaign against Obasanjo.
Yet in the election, which was won by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate President Muhammadu Buhari, he came in third place.
After hearing about the Muslim-Muslim ticket, Atiku decided not to support Tinubu in the ARISE interview he gave.
For as long as I can remember, I have had an issue with the Muslim-Muslim ticket. We need a religious balance in our leadership because Nigeria is a country of many different ethnicities.
Tinubu, who will face Atiku in the 2023 presidential election, has drawn criticism for his choice of running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, who is a fellow Muslim.