A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said he has been working with about 40 Christian leaders in the North to ensure that the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress ends in failure in the 2023 presidential election.
According to him, “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”.
Lawal who spoke on Arise Tv programme, added that “for all lovers of unity in this country, in the North in particular, where we are most affected, this ticket must never succeed.”
He continued, “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.
“I 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.
“So we are set on it and we are determined to kill it, our people are mobilized, our people are ready for the election.
“The essence of our fight is to kill the APC same faith ticket and wasting votes is not a brilliant idea at all. Our votes should not increase the chances of APC winning, but must go along way destroying the evil ticket that set up to destroy the Northern Christian politicians.
“We are working on a plan and a strategy, and we will soon communicate to our people where we are going and where we want to go. Our votes must count toward assisting one of the most moderate politician to win the election.
“The core of the matter has been when it’s time of election they will come to us and say we are all Northerns, we should vote for our Brothers, foolishly we cast our votes along with our Northern Brothers, and what happens when the dining start they shove us out and we will be seeing them through the window eating buffer on the dinning table. This inform our decisions that we will not go with anybody that does not understand that we have a right to enjoy the best of democracy.
“We are not going along with anybody that doesn’t understand that there is a distinct entity that are call Northern Christian. We are not going to allow ourselves to be seen as all Northerners in real sense we are not. We thank God we have woken up to this reality, our people are seeing it and they are mobilize to do it.”