As the 2023 general election draws close, the northern Nigeria Christians have vowed to vote against the Muslim/Muslim Ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which is the joint ticket of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the Presidential candidate and Senator Kashim Shettima as the running mate.
The Northern Christians described the action as an agenda to economically and politically marginalise Northern and Nigerian Christians.
This was said on Friday at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja during the APC Northern Christians Leaders’ Summit in conjunction with other Christians from the north.
The Christian leaders had vowed that no Christian would vote for the present arrangement of the APC Muslim/Muslim ticket.
Speaking, the Chairman of the event which has Christians drawn from the Nineteen Northern States, former Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Engr Babachir Lawal who noted that the Muslim-Muslim ticket was an extension of the exclusion of Christians from the scheme of things in the country.
He further said that the measure would disrupt the peace and social development of the country, adding that the Muslim-Muslim ticket remains part of the subterranean plot to Islamise the country.
Lawal maintained that Christians were marginalised in the APC NWC, Federal executive council (FEC), and state and federal-owned institutions of learnings in the country.
He charged Christians not only in the north but the entire country not to be deceived by the APC leadership on the Muslim-Muslim ticket since matters of religion cannot be divulged from the politics of the country.
“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 discusses with the Christian community in good faith.”
The former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara who was the Guest speaker of the event, spoke in the same vein, describing as “hogwash” the argument that the choice of Shettima was based on consideration of competence rather than his religious leanings.