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Northern Christians Reject APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket

Ahead of the general and presidential elections in 2023, Northern Christians have outright rejected the Muslim/Ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which has produced Senator Kashim Shettima as the running mate and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate. They have criticized the move as part of a plan to economically and politically marginalize Northern Christians.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Sen. Shettima Kashim will have a herculean task persuading Christians of northern extraction to vote for them in the 2023 election, according to the decision made Friday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja during the APC Northern Christians Leader Summit with Christians from the north.

No Christian would cast a ballot for the APC under its current leadership, according to the Christian leaders.

Speaking as the chairman of the event, which included Christians from the Nineteen Northern States, former Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Engr Babachir Lawal, noted that the Muslim-Muslim ticket was an extension of the exclusion of Christians from the country’s plans, but stressed that the measure would disrupt the country’s peace and social development, arguing that it remains a part of the subterfuge.

Babachir who gave a detailed reference of the marginalisation of christains in the APC NWC, Federal executive council (FEC), state and federal owned institutions of learnings in the country, charged christains in not only the north but the entire country not to be deceived the APC leadership on the Muslim-Muslim ticket since matters of religion cannot be divulge from the politics of the country.

He said, “We are not the ones that started this fight. APC started it. They should be ready to carry this cross. We are open to discussion with whoever discuss with chrustain community in good faith.”

On his part as the Guest Speaker, former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara  who spoke in the same vein,  described as “hogwash” the argument that the choice of Shettima was based on consideration of competence rather than his religious leanings.

According to Dogara,  notwithstanding his love for Tinubu, the argument that christians votes would not count as that of the Muslims lacks any logical basis as Nigerians irrespective of their religious leanings had ensured the emergence of former president Goodlick Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo in the past.

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