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Christians Won’t Vote APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket – Babachir Lawal

In protest against the All Progressives Congress (APC) for fielding two Muslims as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2023 presidential election, Christians in the north would hold prayers and use their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

“Clearly, there is an agenda to politically, religiously, and economically suppress and oppress the Northern Christian. But we are up to the task,” former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said on Friday.

Mr Lawal, who was speaking at a summit of APC northern Christian leaders, said there was a “calculated anti-Christian exclusion agenda being implemented” against Christians in the north, adding that “We will protect ourselves. The PVC and our prayers will be our weapons of choice, and we will massively deploy them in 2023.”

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He criticized the party and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for choosing Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno who shares Mr. Tinubu’s Muslim faith, in defiance of the indignation of northern Christians who feel left out.

The leader of the APC criticized the incumbent party for being silent regarding their complaints and refusal of the ticket. He claimed that rather than reaching out to Christians in the north, the party and Messrs. Tinubu and Shettima went about recruiting fictitious bishops to make the vice-presidential candidate’s selection seem to be a popular decision among Nigerian Christians.

“One might ask: why is the APC itself mute about our rejection of this Muslim-Muslim ticket? And why has none of the other perpetrators of this crisis reached out to Christians for a dialogue? Why are they instead hiring fake Bishops and taking church groups to further embarrass the Church? Why are they embarking on a vicious media war against CAN and the Church instead of seeking reconciliation? Truly, things are not adding up,” Mr Lawal said.

Mr. Tinubu claimed that his decision to run with a Muslim was driven by competence, but his pick has drawn criticism from Christians who view it as a divisive politics of exclusion that will exacerbate the divide between the two prominent religions.

The State Security Service had told President Muhammadu Buhari in a covert memo that Mr. Tinubu’s pick of a vice-presidential candidate would lead to a sectarian crisis that might destabilize Nigeria, according to an exclusive revelation by Peoples Gazette.

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In protest against the All Progressives Congress (APC) for fielding two Muslims as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2023 presidential election, Christians in the north would hold prayers and use their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

“Clearly, there is an agenda to politically, religiously, and economically suppress and oppress the Northern Christian. But we are up to the task,” former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said on Friday.

Mr Lawal, who was speaking at a summit of APC northern Christian leaders, said there was a “calculated anti-Christian exclusion agenda being implemented” against Christians in the north, adding that “We will protect ourselves. The PVC and our prayers will be our weapons of choice, and we will massively deploy them in 2023.”

READ MORE: Abacha Sues INEC, Others

He criticized the party and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for choosing Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno who shares Mr. Tinubu’s Muslim faith, in defiance of the indignation of northern Christians who feel left out.

The leader of the APC criticized the incumbent party for being silent regarding their complaints and refusal of the ticket. He claimed that rather than reaching out to Christians in the north, the party and Messrs. Tinubu and Shettima went about recruiting fictitious bishops to make the vice-presidential candidate’s selection seem to be a popular decision among Nigerian Christians.

“One might ask: why is the APC itself mute about our rejection of this Muslim-Muslim ticket? And why has none of the other perpetrators of this crisis reached out to Christians for a dialogue? Why are they instead hiring fake Bishops and taking church groups to further embarrass the Church? Why are they embarking on a vicious media war against CAN and the Church instead of seeking reconciliation? Truly, things are not adding up,” Mr Lawal said.

Mr. Tinubu claimed that his decision to run with a Muslim was driven by competence, but his pick has drawn criticism from Christians who view it as a divisive politics of exclusion that will exacerbate the divide between the two prominent religions.

The State Security Service had told President Muhammadu Buhari in a covert memo that Mr. Tinubu’s pick of a vice-presidential candidate would lead to a sectarian crisis that might destabilize Nigeria, according to an exclusive revelation by Peoples Gazette.

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