Catholic Church claims fake bishops attended Tinubu-Shettima event in Abuja

The Catholic Church said on Wednesday it had not sent any representations to the public presentation of Kashim Shettima as the vice-presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress party.

Therefore, the Eminent Christian Body said that unidentified people dressed in robes at the event in Abuja earlier today were imposters.

“We have seen the photos circulating online, they are not of Catholic bishops. The Catholic Church has not sent any representation to the event hosted today by Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima,” the Reverend said. Patrick Alumuku, spokesman for the Catholic Church headquarters in Abuja, told Peoples Gazette. “If you look at the way the imposters dressed and behaved, you will see that they are not officials of the Catholic Church.”

The event at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to today following a flurry of complaints following the selection of Mr Shettima, a former Muslim governor of the state of Borneo, by the presidential candidate of the APC. , Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The bogus bishops were apparently hired by Mr Tinubu’s campaign to give Christian voters the false impression that his decision to choose another Muslim despite strong objections and national security implications was accepted by the Christian community.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and other concerned bodies had registered their opposition to the presentation of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling party for the 2023 general election.

The APC’s Christian leaders had also warned that the presidential ticket of the same faith would spell disaster for the party in the upcoming elections, as there were already accusations that the party was leaning towards an Islamic janjawid inclination.

But in an apparent move to stifle criticism, the unidentified people appearing in the clothes of Christian leaders were brought to the unveiling site amid jeers.

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