Clergymen who attended Shettima’s unveiling aren’t big names yet — Tinubu organisation

Clerics at unveiling of Kashim Shettima in Abuja

Tinubu Campaign Organisation has denied hiring fake clergymen to attend the unveiling of Senator Kashim Shettima as vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday in Abuja.

The campaign’s spokesman Bayo Onanuga in a statement on Thursday said the allegations were made by the opposition.

He added that at the unveiling, Bola Tinubu and Shettima, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and the party’s national chairman Abdullahi Adamu, in their speeches, addressed fundamental issues of nation-building.

This, he said, was the focus of the APC and its candidates with a view to ensuring a progressive and prosperous nation where all citizens could find joy and fulfilment.

Onanuga explained that the event was an open affair, which allowed members of the public to attend including the clergymen.

“We want to say that those clergymen were not fake, not mechanics or yam sellers as the purveyors of hatred have made Nigerians to believe in the social media,” Onanuga said.

“They are not big names in Christendom yet, they are gradually building up their missions.

“They are Church leaders who genuinely believe that Nigerians must eschew politics of hatred and religious bigotry and rather embrace politics of peace and nation building.

“We therefore deplore the hysterical twisting of the presence of these men and women in cassocks and the false accusation against our candidates, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sen. Shettima.”