The National Coalition for Democracy, Peace and Unity (NCDPU) has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu to jettison the thoughts of running a Muslim-Muslim Ticket and pick a Christian Governor, Simon Lalong.
In the Communique jointly signed by the National Coordinator and Secretary, Ibrahim Ringim and Peter Emmanuel, the group expressed worries over the potential threats and political crisis that would be created if APC resolved to consider a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The group said all political parties should strike a balance along the religious and ethnic lines for a united and peaceful coexistence.
According to the Coalition group, APC should act in the same manner as the main opposition People’s Democratic Party adding that Lalong has shown himself as a unifier, who managed the crises in Plateau State.
The group noted that if APC goes otherwise, it will only discourage Christians in the party and electorates that are willing to vote for the party during the election.
The Communique reads: “As concerned democrats, we are deeply worried about the potential threats and political crisis that would be created if the ruling party resolved to consider a Muslim-Muslim ticket during the forthcoming 2023 Presidential elections.”
“The need for the political summit was informed by the palpable tension stirred up by regional agitations and the impending crisis the idea of Muslim-Muslim ticket could cause.Thus,we are asking all political parties to strike a balance along religious and ethnic lines for a united and peaceful coexistence.”
“After an exhaustive deliberation by the Executive Members on the way forward for a sustainable peace and progress of our dear country, we resolved that in the interest of National Unity, it is good to for ruling party APC and its Presidential Candidate , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pick a Christian running mate in the same manner the main opposition party,PDP has done.”
“It is in public domain that Lalong has shown himself to be a unifier, who has managed the crises in Plateau very well that even the Muslims in the State are comfortable with him, evidence that he will no doubt be fair to all.”
“If APC goes otherwise,it will not only discourage Christians in the party and electorate that are willing to vote the party during the election , but might also create disharmony that will force them to vote other parties with balanced candidates.”
“At this critical moment where the corporate existence of Nigeria is threatened,the emphasis on unity and progress should be of paramount importance to all political parties and Presidential Candidates.”