APC Denies Being Against Christian Candidate For Lagos Governorship

LAGOS GOVERNORS FROM 1999-DATE, ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU & BABATUNDE FASHOLA
LAGOS GOVERNORS FROM 1999-DATE, ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU & BABATUNDE FASHOLA

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied insinuations that it plans to field a Muslim candidate in the 2015 Lagos State governorship election.

There have been heightened calls by a section of Lagosians for a Christian governor in recent weeks considering the fact that since the return to democratic rule in 1999, only Muslims have governed Lagos State.

The spokesman of APC in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe stated that the party had not decided who to field as governorship candidate and would not make that decision based on religious sentiments.

He said, “For now, I don’t think we know who is going to be the next governor of Lagos State. You should know that Lagos does not celebrate mediocrity in the name of fielding a Muslim or a Christian. Only the best is good enough for Lagos State.

“If we have a good candidate from the Muslim community, we will pick him. If we have a good candidate from the Christian community, we will pick him. There is no bias at all. The focus is to get the best from the lot. The person can come from anywhere; he can be neither Muslim nor Christian.”

The Lagos APC spokesman listed the qualities the party was looking out for in the next governor of the nation’s economic capital, saying the party would field a candidate that was cerebral and had the capacity to deliver and be above board.

“We cannot allow just anybod

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied insinuations that it plans to field a Muslim candidate in the 2015 Lagos State governorship election.

There have been heightened calls by a section of Lagosians for a Christian governor in recent weeks considering the fact that since the return to democratic rule in 1999, only Muslims have governed Lagos State.

The spokesman of APC in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe stated that the party had not decided who to field as governorship candidate and would not make that decision based on religious sentiments.

He said, “For now, I don’t think we know who is going to be the next governor of Lagos State. You should know that Lagos does not celebrate mediocrity in the name of fielding a Muslim or a Christian. Only the best is good enough for Lagos State.

“If we have a good candidate from the Muslim community, we will pick him. If we have a good candidate from the Christian community, we will pick him. There is no bias at all. The focus is to get the best from the lot. The person can come from anywhere; he can be neither Muslim nor Christian.”

The Lagos APC spokesman listed the qualities the party was looking out for in the next governor of the nation’s economic capital, saying the party would field a candidate that was cerebral and had the capacity to deliver and be above board.

“We cannot allow just anybody to manage Lagos State. As far as we are concerned, only the best should run Lagos, because it is even more difficult to manage Lagos than to manage Nigeria,” he said.

He added that the party would not allow a mediocre person to succeed present Governor Babatunde Fashola.

When asked if APC would be swayed by the clamor for a Christian governor, Igbokwe insisted that all options were on the table even as he said the leadership of the party would choose only the best.

He, however, challenged those agitating for a Christian governor to present their best candidate for consideration.

“If you have the best candidate, present him to the world and let us see; present him to Lagosians, and let us see. We are not going to put anybody who will take Lagos backwards,” he said.

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y to manage Lagos State. As far as we are concerned, only the best should run Lagos, because it is even more difficult to manage Lagos than to manage Nigeria,” he said.

He added that the party would not allow a mediocre person to succeed present Governor Babatunde Fashola.

When asked if APC would be swayed by the clamor for a Christian governor, Igbokwe insisted that all options were on the table even as he said the leadership of the party would choose only the best.

He, however, challenged those agitating for a Christian governor to present their best candidate for consideration.

“If you have the best candidate, present him to the world and let us see; present him to Lagosians, and let us see. We are not going to put anybody who will take Lagos backwards,” he said.

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