The Northern Christian leaders in the APC (All Progressives Congress) has on Friday called on Nigerians not to vote for any presidential ticket that was not mixed with both Christians and Muslims during the 2023 general elections.
According to the Northern Christian leaders, since the Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidency was conflict-ridden, it must be disallowed by all patriotic Nigerians.
Among the Northern leaders who spoke during the occasion were a former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Solomon Dalung, former Minister of Youths and Sports Development; Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) and several other Christian leaders in Northern Nigeria.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation said, “Our opposition has some historical foundation. There were times in the past when Christians only produced the Deputy Governors in Niger, Kebbi and Kaduna states. Now, it is entirely Muslim-Muslim tickets.
“But as members of the All Progressive Congress, we have the right and obligation to continue to express our outrage at these happenings and we will not give up until we protect the justice that is due us.
“The main aim of this historical account is to let you know that for the All Progressive Congress, a Muslim-Muslim ticket has been a long-term political tactic and not a one-off decision. Thus, all this talk of competency as the reason for the choice of the Muslim Vice President are garbage and diversionary. This is an already calculated anti-Christian omission agenda that is being executed.
“We see this MM ticket as an agreement to the current and continuing economic, educational, and political marginalisation of the Northern Nigerian Christians.
“To the Christians all over the country see this Muslim-Muslim ticket as a considered and premeditated attempt to announce and firmly establish religion into the politics of this great country. This, of course, will lead to further resentment in the previously delicate coexistence of the Nigerian society.