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Published On: Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

APC not an Islamic party, says Gov Ameachi

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Gov Rotimi AmaechiBy Ali Abare Abubakar with Agency reports

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has denied  claims suggesting that the All Progressives Congress (APC), isa an Islamic party, maintaining that the opposition party has no plan of Islamizing Nigeria should it win the 2015 presidential election.

Amaechi, according to an online media, made the remark yesterday during an interactive session with students at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, describing the APC as a party for progressives.

He urged Nigerians not to be scared by claims from APC detractors, maintaining that since Buhari never thought of Islamizing Nigeria when he was a military Head of State, he would not embark on such exercise as a democratically elected president

 “APC is not an Islamic party. This is so because when General Muhammad Buhari (rtd) was Nigeria’s Head of State as a young man, he did not Islamize Nigeria, and to do that, he needs the endorsement of the National Assembly to debate over the issue. Buhari cannot Islamize Nigeria. Don’t be perturbed by what our detractors are saying.

“I am an ardent Catholic Christian and I converse with God a lot. It is not true that APC will Islamize Nigeria. The National Chairman of APC, Mr. John Oyegun is a Christian. Bola Tinubu’s wife is also a Christian, Buhari’s cook is a Christian from Igboland, and his driver is also a Christian. As a father to all of those Christians, Buhari gives Sunday as a free day to his domestic staff to go to Church and worship God. So, no one can believe what our detractors are saying about Buhari and APC.”

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