2023: Tinubu’s Loyalists Kick As All Progressives Congress Considers Christian Candidate

Nigeria’s ruling get together, All Progressives Congress, is reportedly contemplating submitting a Christian candidate from the Southern area as its 2023 election presidential flag bearer.

This consideration is already to the displeasure of the loyalists of former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, who’ve insisted {that a} Christian candidacy can’t work.

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According to Daily Independent, the Christian-Muslim ticket proposal has not gone down effectively with loyalists of Tinubu, who’re insisting that faith shouldn’t be a criterion in choosing the presidential candidate of the APC.

Just a few days in the past, it had been reported that in a bid to make sure cohesion inside the get together, the presidency has enlisted fact-finding group to hold out background checks on these in search of to change into the get together’s presidential flagbearer forward of the 2023 elections.

Also, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC CECPC, had mentioned the get together would give you a consensus and agreeable presidential candidate that may fly its flag in 2023.

A dependable credible supply within the get together acknowledged that the overall be¬lief in APC in the mean time is that in a bid to foster unity and togetherness within the get together, the zoning between the North and South should be honoured.

He mentioned if President Buhari, a Northerner and Mus¬lim, can accept a Christian vice chairman from the South in 2015, then it’s crucial {that a} Christian presidential candidate from the South will emerge in 2023 because the APC candidate and that particular person will select a Muslim working mate from the North.

“That position is very true. There is a strong belief in the APC now that the next pres¬idential candidate must be from the South. We can’t afford to gamble with another Northerner after President Buhari has served for eight years. However, there are also others who are of the view that if the candidate must come from the South, the person must be a Christian.

“That is how it has always been since 1999. Obasanjo, a Christian, and Atiku Abu¬bakar, a Muslim, ruled from 1999 to 2007. The late Umaru Yar’Adua, a Muslim from the Northern part of the country became president in 2007 and Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South was the vice president.

“When Yar’Adua died, Jonathan became president and he chose Namadi Sam¬bo, a Muslim from the North, who was former governor of Kaduna as his vice. When President Buhari became APC presidential candidate in 2014, he almost settled for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Muslim from the South, but even within the APC, there was uproar against a Muslim-Muslim ticket and he had to settle for Prof Yemi Osinbajo, a Christian.

“I don’t think the situation will change in 2023. There are some people who are already grumbling that will another Muslim take over from Presi¬dent Buhari in 2023 even if the ticket is zoned to the South? These are issues we are con¬sidering and it is important it is given utmost attention because all indices matter in politics, especially for a country like Nigeria.”

However, it was gathered that the devel¬opment is already inflicting ripples as loyalists of Tinubu have vowed to withstand it, saying what the get together stakeholders are canvassing is that the zoning settlement between the North and South needs to be revered, and never faith.

When contacted, Hon. Bo¬solar Oladele, a former mem¬ber of the House of Represen¬tatives, who’s the Secretary of the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) 2023, mentioned reli¬gion shouldn’t be a criterion in figuring out who turns into the following president of Nigeria.

He mentioned, “Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world but how far has our claim to being religious tak¬en us? We close down ware¬houses, shut down factories because of churches that are not promoting businesses, and because of beliefs that are not leading to developmental strides.

“In the same warehouses turned churches, we gather and start praying so that we can have jobs. Is that not an irony? So, if we keep empha¬sising religion all the time, we will be sacrificing develop¬mental politics. So, my take is that religion shouldn’t be a criterion.”

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2023: Tinubu’s Loyalists Kick As All Progressives Congress Considers Christian Candidate

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