The Coalition of Arewa Forum For Good Governance (CAFGG) has called on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) not to consider picking a Muslim running mate ahead of the 2023 poll as it will create a crisis across the country.
The group stated this in a press statement signed by the Coordinator, Malam Garba Yunusa. They noted that the current tension stirred up by the rumours of a possible Muslim-Muslim ticket is uncalled for and should be jettisoned in the interest of equity, justice and fairness.
“To douse the tension, we are calling on the winner of APC primaries and flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to pick the only Northern Christian Governor in the party, Simon Lalong as his running mate”.
CAFGG opined that Governor Simon Lalong would not only be a perfect match for the party’s election victory but also strike a balance and douse the existing tension already overheating the polity.
The statement further reads: “Nigerians are not unaware that Tinubu is a Muslim from the South-West geo-political zone; thus, we feel it would be rational for a northern Christian, especially from the marginalised North-Central geopolitical zone, to be a running mate, who can also take care of the interest of the minorities.”
“We strongly believe that once a Christian is picked, the warning and threats by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) would have been taken care of too.”
The group maintained that a Muslim-Muslim ticket will cause division in the country, especially If APC eventually wins the general elections, noted, “It is not about Political Parties now, but the country as a whole. “
“This is part of the reasons we are calling on Tinubu to shun those rooting for a Muslim -Muslim ticket under the guise of “merit and competence ” and pick Governor Lalong, who can draw votes considering his track records of performance and his position as the current Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum with 19 states within his reach.
“We are sure the south will also be comfortable with him, considering his detribalised disposition and how he has handled the insecurity problems in Plateau State as the Governor.”
“The interest of few and selfish politicians rooting for Muslim-Muslim ticket should not be allowed to override the interest of most Nigerians, who desire a united nation”.