APC: Northern Christians formally reject Muslim-Muslim ticket

Second from left, former House of Representative Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and others at their summit on Friday, July 29, 2022

By Marvellous Nyang

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have formally rejected the party’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 election, in a held a summit held on Friday, July 29, 2022.

They are of the view that the ticket goes against all the principles of equity, fairness and justice, hence, party stalwarts such as Yakubu Dogara and Babachir Lawal, who are members of CAN, joined by clergymen, said Christians in the North must rise against the injustice of the ruling APC.

According to them, the ticket was an attempt to further divide the country, as Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said: “This is very divisive and must be rejected by all patriotic Nigerians.”

“Also implied in this ticket is the insinuation that Northern Muslims are not willing to vote for a ticket that has a Christian on it and on which they are not represented.

“It is our belief that Northern Muslims would have seen the justice in a Muslim-Christian ticket and would have given it their overwhelming support had the party been inclined to do so.

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“Sadly, the party chose to go the divisive line.

“A corollary to this mindset is that Christians should also not vote for a ticket on which there are no Christians,” Lawal said.

Also, Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said Nigeria is at a dangerous crossroads if an important issue like religion is not properly balanced to reflect the interest of all parties in the country.