Popular Nigerian actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has resigned from the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
Mr Okonkwo in an official press release mentioned that his decision to walk out of the party is because of Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates for the upcoming 2023 general election as the main reason to resign.
The Nollywood star joined the ruling party APC in 2018.
“If Muslims could voluntarily vote for southern presidents it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a northern Christian vice president,” part of the statement read.
Read the full statement below;
All Progressive Party presidential hopeful, Bola Tinubu announced that the former governor Borno State, Kashim Shettima as his running mate after some same-faith tickets opposed the decision.
Bola Tinubu via his Instagram page announced his decision in letter.
Part of the letter read, “Recall that joined APC because of its Constitutional vow, as true Progressives and Patriots, to eliminate all forms of discrimination and social injustice in Nigeria, thereby building the nation a nation which will guarantee equal opportunity for all and ensure mutual and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“Those ideals are now alien to the APC, with their unfortunate decision to paint our Muslim brothers in had light, by insinuating that the Muslims in Nigeria will not accept or vote for a Northern Christian as Vice-President to pair with a Southern Muslim.
“If Muslims could vote voluntarily for Southern Christian Presidents, it is then a fallacy to insinuate that they cannot accept a Northern Christian Vice-President. This will permanently destroy the political viability of Northern Christians in Nigeria, if allowed to stand.
“Being the convener of the Campaign for Equity and Justice in Nigeria, and as a former member of APC Presidential Campaign Council, which resisted same religion presidential ticket in the past, I can no longer continue to lend my name to these abnormalities in the interest of our peaceful co-existence, integration and progress of our beloved country.”