Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has declared his support for his predecessor , Bola Tinubu and his choice of presidential running mate ahead of the 2023 polls.
The former governor of Lagos State revealed his stance in an interview aired on Channels Television on Sunday.
Tinubu and Shettima are Muslims, and their candidacy has been criticised by many Nigerians and groups, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Of all the 18 parties set to take part in the 2023 presidential election, the ruling APC is the only party with a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
Speaking on Sunday, Fashola said religion should be put aside for competence when Nigerians elect their next set of leaders in 2023.
He argued that people leading the debate against Tinubu’s candidacy should face the real political and socio-economic issues and avoid religious sentiments.
“In my own opinion, Asiwaju is the best person to drive that vehicle because I have worked with him at close quarters and I know his capacity. I know his tenacity. And I think sometimes that we need to test some hypothesis and the opportunity to test this hypothesis is there.”