Bukola Saraki, a former Senate president, has said that when he opposed the plan to foist a Muslim-Muslim presidency on Nigeria in 2014, he acted in the national interest with the belief that Nigeria is bigger than anybody’s ambition, including that of Bola Tinubu.
Telescope.ng reports that Saraki was responding to Tinubu’s speech in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Thursday, June 2, in which he claimed that the ex-Senate president and others opposed his desire to be running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 elections.
In a statement signed by the head of his media office, Yusuph Olaniyonu on Friday, June 3, Saraki stressed that he would oppose any plan that would cause a religious crisis in a multi-religious country like Nigeria.
He said: “When other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I stood against having a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2014, it was not a decision targeted at any individual or group, but one taken in the national interest. Tinubu knows this and he is just being mischievous by presenting this decision as something aimed at stopping his ambition.
“Let me make it clear that the decision to oppose the plans by some people to make APC present a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2015 was in the national interest and I will take the same stand today, tomorrow and any other day. My stance is based on the fact that such a ticket is not good for the unity of the country and will further accentuate one of our fault lines.”