Ahead of the 2023 general and Presidential elections, Northern Christians have rejected in totality the Muslim/ Ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that has produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the Presidential candidate and Senator Kashim Shettima as the running mate, describing the action as an agenda to economically and politically marginalize Northern Christians.
The decision which was taken Friday at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja during the APC Northern Christians Leader Summit in conjunction with Christians from the north is a serious indication that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Sen Shettima Kashim would face the herculean task of convincing Christians of northern extraction to vote for them in the 2023 poll.
The Christian leaders have vowed that no Christian would vote for the present arrangement of the APC.
Babachir who gave a detailed reference to the marginalization of Christians in the APC NWC, Federal executive council (FEC), and state and federal-owned institutions of learnings in the country, charged Christians in not only the north but the entire country not to be deceived the APC leadership on the Muslim-Muslim ticket since matters of religion cannot be divulged from the politics of the country.
He said, “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.”
On his part as the Guest Speaker, former Speaker, of the Federal House of Representatives, and Honourable Yakubu Dogara who spoke in the same vein described as “hogwash” the argument that the choice of Shettima was based on consideration of competence rather than his religious leanings.
According to Dogara, notwithstanding his love for Tinubu, the argument that Christian votes would not count as that of the Muslims lacks any logical basis as Nigerians irrespective of their religious leanings had ensured the emergence of former president Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo in the past.