All Progressives Congress northern Christians reject Muslim-Muslim ticket
A coalition of northern Christian politicians in the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC), gave stern warnings Tuesday, that the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the party for the 2023 general election will have serious and grave consequences.
The group, which comprises Christian politicians in the 19 northern states within the APC, said they would not go against their conscience and faith, and tell their various constituencies to campaign for a Muslim-Muslim ticket. The organisation issued a press statement in Abuja after a meeting to discuss the ramifications of the announcement on Sunday that the party flagbearer Alhaji Bola Tinubu had picked a fellow Muslim Alhaji Kassim Shettima as his running mate.
The damning communique signed by its Chairman, Prof Doknan Sheni and its Secretary-General, Ishaya Bauka signalled a split in the APC along religious lines. Titled “The selection of a Muslim vice presidential candidate portrayed insensitivity to the Christians in the nation.” It went on to vociferously condemn Tinubu’s pick.
“The fear of the Christians in the North and the nation, in general, is that the APC will be viewed as an Islamic party and the Muslim -Muslim ticket was not possible in 2015, why should it be possible in 2023?” the communique asked.
“More so, that we are apprehensive that the person picked might have had a hand in the Chibok girls Saga and other terror activities, Muslim-Muslim ticket would undermine the election chances of Christian candidates in the APC in the various states in the North. The Christians in the North and the whole nation are highly aggravated” it stressed.
It went on to point out that it was obvious since the election of President Buhari there seems to be an Islamisation agenda. “Considering that the Chairman of the party is a Muslim, Deputy Chairman – North, is a Muslim, the President of the Senate is a Muslim, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker are Muslims, and now both the presidential and vice-presidential candidates are Muslims and apart from this violating the constitution, section 14 subsection 3, if this was to be reversed that all these were Christians, can any Muslim in the North be able to sell the APC presidential ticket to any Muslim ummah?” it explained.
Sounding alarm bells that could split the country along religious lines the coalition urged Tinubu to immediately seek another running mate saying that “at this moment of national peril, what should be paramount in Nigeria is unity and not infrastructure or economy.”
“For without unity, we cannot build. Any party or candidate that elevates the greed of a few above the needs of the many has no business running the affairs of Nigeria,” the coalition concluded.