Muslim-Muslim ticket: APC youths protest, demand Shettima’s replacement

ALL Progressives Congress (APC) youths from the North-Central on Friday staged a protest against the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the party for the 2023 presidential election.

The youths, under the aegis of North Central Progressives Youth (NCPY), demanded the replacement of the party’s vice presidential candidate Kashim Shettima during the protest which held at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Friday.

Armed with various banners, the protesters said that the choice of the former Borno State governor as the running mate was the only obstacle to the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate.


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Some of the inscriptions on their banners read: ‘APC presidential ticket must be for all faith’, ‘Shettima must go now, All Christians say no to islamisation of APC presidential ticket’, Tinubu and Shettima must do the needful, it is our constitutional right’, and ‘Don’t destroy the unity of Nigeria’.

Speaking, the group’s leader, Musa Attah, who described Tinubu, as a “man loved and adored by Nigerians” urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the former Lagos State governor to replace Shettima with a Christian for the good of the party and Nigeria.

Attah claimed that the President has etched his name in history due to achievements in infrastructure, ‘anti-corruption and good governance’, but must protect his legacy by working toward a worthy successor that could consolidate his gains.

“Mr President, on numerous occasions, you have promised to bequeath a democratic system imbued with workable institutional structures that will stand the test of time. True to your word, the nation’s electoral system has been revolutionised,” he said.

“Your footprints will never be forgotten in the area of infrastructure. The fact that there’s still a country called Nigeria is due to your resilience despite the mirage of security challenges. We are also coping with the global economic crisis. Meanwhile, the trial of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation and many others have proven your zero tolerance for corruption. There are no sacred cows.

“Yet your biggest legacy will be your successor. Whoever takes over from you will either consolidate on some of these gains achieved in the last seven years or dissuade them all. As a progressive nation, we wouldn’t want the latter. And that is why we are beckoning on you to call the ruling All Progressives Congress to order as regards its presidential candidates”.

Attah added that Tinubu has demonstrated capacity over the years and is primed to build on Buhari’s legacies.






     

     

    He said, “Tinubu’s alliance with Shettima may just be his undoing. In the face of unprecedented disunity, the same faith ticket is a disregard for the country’s fragility and would further polarize the nation. Sections 14 and 15 of the Constitution talk about Federal Character. The question is does the choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket fit into that Federal Character? As they say in law, you can’t come to equity without clean hands. He who wants equity must do equity. Is there equity in that Muslim-Muslim choice?

    “The rejection of the same faith ticket should not be seen as Christian objection but a protest by every Nigerian in favour of democracy which guarantees freedom of choice, freedom of expression, and freedom of worship. Nigeria is a secular state. Our forefathers were aware of this even before they designed the Constitution. And in making these choices, we must be sensitive to the sensibilities of the people. It shouldn’t be lorded over the people, to whom the power belongs.

    “A Muslim-Muslim presidency would mean a sectional national ideology to replace the liberty upon which Nigeria was established as a country. With Shettima, the APC is implying that Christians in the North are of no consequence in the scheme of things. We have a huge Christian population in the North-East and North-West. In the North-Central, the Christians are dominant. This is why Shettima must vacate this position.”

    The group, therefore, urged Buhari to look beyond the surface and replace Shettima with a Christian, adding that only this can protect the President’s legacies with Tinubu as successor.

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