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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has asserted that the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) fly a Muslim Muslim ticket next year is a plan to further create divisions within the north.
He pointed out that he and about 40 Christian leaders in the north are seriously working at the moment to ensure that the ticket fails.
Lawal made this known while speaking during an interview on Arise TV, which was monitored by Africa Daily News, New York.
He said, ‘The introduction of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC or same-faith ticket is a wicked plan to further create divisions within the north. We try as leaders of societies to live as brothers and sisters but this demonic proposition just came out of the blues.
‘For all lovers of unity in this country, in the north in particular where we are most affected, this ticket must never succeed. We will make sure we defeat it in such a resounding manner that nobody in his right senses will ever think about it again at least in the near future for our political journey in Nigeria. So we are set on it and we are determined to kill it (Muslim-Muslim ticket). Our people are mobilised, and our people are ready for the election.
‘0I and Dogara alone aren’t the only ones involved in this. Indeed, we are leaders of groups of about 40 leading Christian politicians in the north. We started work on this years back when we suspected that if a Muslim emerge from the south as the candidate for any of the political parties, there is a risk that what has happened will happen.
‘So, while we plan that same-faith ticket of APC should fail, we also believe that we should align with one of the leading political parties that has the chance of winning. Our strategy is that we will not just waste our votes because we want to protest the same-faith ticket of APC, we will like to partner with another group that is more sensible of the Nigerian situation and realised that Nigeria needs harmony, unity, and peace.’
Africa Daily News, New York reports that there has been some serious opposition to the ticket of the all Muslim ticket of the APC from the Christain community in the North ever since the ticket was announced.