Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has been widely applauded as one of the best governors in Nigeria. He is also the only APC govern who was re-elected for a second term . It was widely believed, he may be a vice Presidential candidate.
However, a new report by Punch claims a highly placed source in APC revealed he missed out on the chance because he’s muslim.
“You know that the South-West is a base for the APC and it also contributed immensely to its formation. We would have preferred Fashola because of his pedigree in the state. Moreover, of all the APC governors from the zone, he is the only one doing his second term.
“But this issue of religion is the problem.Apart from this, other APC governors from the zone are also Muslims. You may need to recall that the enemies of our party tried in vain before to label the party a Muslim party.
“Even though they have failed, we may also need to be guided by the words of advice from former President Olusegun Obasanjo against any party fielding same religion ticket. This is what is hampering us concerning Fashola, whose performance and competence cannot be queried.”
The source said that even though the national leadership of the party was aware that the people of the “South-West are not religious but we are dealing with a larger society now. So, we must be careful.”