The Zamfara State Coordinator of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Senator Kabiru Marafa has argued that there is nothing wrong in a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket, saying the whole issue is hypocrisy.
Marafa, who addressed journalists after a consultation meeting with various groups in Gusau, the state capital, assured the public that the party was committed to victory in the 2023 general elections.
According to him, the APC always promotes unity among members and preaches peace. He said Nigerians should not be deceived as the country is not governed by religious principles.
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“Nobody should deceive us, Nigeria is not governed in the line of religion. There are 18 political parties in Nigeria,” he said.
“If one party says they are doing Christian-Christian ticket and another one says ‘Muslim-Muslim ticket,’ leave the one that is doing the one you don’t like and go to the other one you like. What is the big deal?”
Marafa assured Nigerians that the Zamfara electorate would deliver more than the 25 per cent required votes to the APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima in the state.
The former senator representing Zamfara Central said the North-West Region remained the strong hope of the political party’s victory in winning the election in the country.
The views on same-faith tickets expressed by Marafa are not unlike those of some religious leaders such as the Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
The bishop, in October, described the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket as a party’s political decision, a calculation to win the 2023 election.
According to him, the decision is not a hard and fast rule for all Nigerians to abide by, and as such, the citizens have the right to determine the pattern of voting and who they want as their leader come 2023.
He noted that every Christian, like other Nigerians, would have to take their own decision on the political party to vote for, stressing that the Catholic Church would not direct anyone on whom to support.