Diaspora Group Backs Muslim-Muslim Ticket

Ahead of the 2023 elections, a group under the aegis of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Belgium and Luxembourg has backed the All Progressives Congress’ Muslim-Muslim ticket in the run-up to the election.

In an interview with journalists on Saturday, the group’s chairman,  Bayowale Adekeye, claimed that politicians and a portion of the media who opposed the same-religion ticket were harming the nation.

The group argued that as long as the APC presidential candidate and his running mate were qualified to serve Nigeria, there was nothing wrong with fielding a ticket from the same religion.

Adekeye said, “For some of us who have been monitoring recent developments, this debate is no surprise. Having clearly seen that the erstwhile attack on the APC Presidential candidate’s credentials was not gaining traction and seeing that his running mate had a proven track record of being a progressive, detribalised politician, the only card left for those against the candidate was the religious card.”

“I personally think Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s choice of His Excellency Senator Shettima as his running mate was a master stroke. Senator Shettima has a proven track record of being a progressive politician who believes in the Nigerian project, and you can tell he complements Bola Tinubu very well.”

Concerning the decision by some Christian APC members to leave the party in response to the same ticket issue, the APC chieftain based in Belgium argued that the country had a sound electorate that was mature enough to choose what political party they would be voting for based on the qualifications of and policies proposed by the candidate.

“By the way, our nation has been bugged by many problems in the last few years, and we know that even with its best efforts, this present administration has not met some expectations.

“So, any APC member who now leaves the party based on this ticket issue is plain dishonest. I can list tens of issues that could make any principled politician leave the party. This ticket is definitely not one.

“And the same people leaving the party on this issue don’t see the hypocrisy when they have Christian-Christian or Muslim-Muslim tickets in various states. I have had the opportunity to talk to a few people who feel strongly about the same religion ticket. I have always asked, can you identify any area of government where a joint Muslim ticket threatens your religious liberty? Healthcare, Infrastructure, Education, Economy, name it,” he submitted.

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