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Muslim-Muslim ticket ‘must never succeed’ – Lawal

Prominent Christian politicians in the North have vowed to make sure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election does not succeed.
One of them, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Babashir Lawal, who spoke recently in a television programme, described the same-faith development as a move to divide the northern region of Nigeria.
There has been outrage since the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu, chose a same faith running mate, Kashim Shettima, within the APC and in Nigeria.
Lawal was reacting to the final list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the presidential and national assembly candidates in the 2023 general election in Arise TV interview recently, disclosing that northern Christian politicians are determined to ensure the same faith ticket of the APC does not survive.
He said: “The introduction of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC or same faith ticket is a wicked plan to further create divisions within the north. We try as leaders of societies to live as brothers and sisters, but this demonic proposition just came out of the blues.
“For all lovers of unity in this country, in the north in particular where we are most affected, this ticket must never succeed. And we will make sure we defeat it in such a resounding manner that nobody in his right senses will ever think about it again at least in the near future for our political journey in Nigeria. So we are set on it and we are determined to kill it (Muslim-Muslim ticket). Our people are mobilised, and our people are ready for the election.”
He added that he and the former speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are working out plans to ensure that the ticket does not win the 2023 election.
“I and Dogara alone aren’t the only ones involved in this. Indeed, we are leaders of groups of about 40 leading Christian politicians in the north. We started work on this years back when we suspected that if a Muslim emerges from the south as the candidate for any of the political parties there is a risk of what has happened will happen.
“So, while we plan that the same faith ticket of APC should fail, we also believe that we should align with one of the leading political parties that have the chance of winning. Our strategy is we will not just waste our vote because we want to protest the same faith ticket of APC, we will like to partner with another group that is more sensible of the Nigerian situation and realised that Nigeria needs harmony, unity and peace,” he said.

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