2023 Election: Senate Considers Forbidding Ticket Of The Same Religion
Yesterday, there were strong indications that the Senate would like to change section 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act to forbid any political party from running a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket for president and vice president of Nigeria during the 2023 general election.
Sen. Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi West, spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja and holding a draft copy of a bill. He claimed that the move was necessary due to the controversy that the APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket was causing in the political arena.
Adeyemi said: “Section 84 of the Principal Act will be amended by inserting a new subsection 3 which will states thus: ” No political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate after the 2023 election.
“When this is accommodated , it will serve as a guide against any oversight such as this in the future as further occurrences will be deemed as silent policy which is capable of bringing down the fabrics of the nation.”
While the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had legitimate concerns about a presidential ticket consisting of members of the same religion, Senator Adeyemi said that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shetimma’s background and open-mindedness would allay any concerns that had been raised. She also noted that a wide range of consultations regarding the need for the amendment had been held with the Senate leadership and other colleagues.
The senator stated that Tinubu and Shettima should be judged on their qualifications, not their political party or even their religion.
“Nigerians should look at the individuals candidates contesting for the presidency in 2023 and not the political parties they belong to or religion they practice.
“Based on my conviction , despite the same faith ticket , Tinubu and Shetimma are the best for the country come 2023 .
“They have demonstrated required capacities , competence and commitment while in office as Executive Governors of Lagos and Borno State separately.“
“Asiwaju Tinubu in particular, demonstrated his pan Nigerian disposition with his cabinet composition devoid of tribal or religious sentiments. He and Shettima , are in actual fact , Nigeria candidate that should be voted for,” he said.“Adeyemi, who lampooned the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar for violating the zoning policy of his political party by declaring his interest in the president, against the turn of the south to produce same, also took a swipe at the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, for believing in street show which could not in anyway win election .“He said: “His Excellency , Peter Obi ought not to have left PDP as required structure for presidential election. Street show or one million man match being displayed by Peter Obi’s supporters cannot win presidential election.”