The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the position of the Christian community over the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The ruling party in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday night said the cry of marginalization that the Christians have been lamenting on have been since the administration of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
APC in a statement released on Sunday night through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yakubu Ajaka, said it is now common with developing democracies such as Nigeria’s, where a selection of candidates for the parties always comes with various challenges, mostly bordering on sentiments, such as religion, ethnicity, and geo-political arrangements.
The statement reads: “The cry of marginalization has also become a common and popular feature among politicians and the electorate.
“These sentiments had been into play all our political life for quite a long time. Unfortunately, we seem to throw away competence, capacity, and qualification to these sentiments. This is partly responsible for our present predicament, with no benefit to even the agitators of such sentiments.
“It is sad that our country has been recording divisive tendencies, with our unity as a nation sometimes threatened. There are ill feelings over perceived cases of marginalization. In Nigeria, every section is crying of marginalization. It has been the case during Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan’s administrations, and now.
“We, especially the youths, must start somewhere to change the narratives in the interest of national unity and speedy development of our dear country. We must start somewhere to make a change for a better tomorrow.”
The ruling party said Nigeria needs a patriotic leader who can give others outside his geo-political zone, tribe and religion equal opportunity for self-actualization and service to the nation. He should be a leader with a firm belief in the potentialities of the country.
‘’Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state, Nigeria’s economic and commercial centre, a former high-ranking senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and national leader of the APC before his election as the presidential candidate of the party, is undoubtedly the man with these sterling qualities,” it added.
‘A Miracle About To Happen’ – New CAN President Speaks On How Christians Will Vote In 2023
Nigerians, particularly Christians will vote for candidates based on convictions and antecedents in the 2023 general elections, says the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh.
The Christian leader said that there is a miracle waiting to happen in Nigeria which will surely become a reality.
Okoh said the citizens have gone beyond casting their votes based on the political party fielding candidates. He said people now look into the credibility and character of the candidates before they give them their votes.
Naija News understands that the Archbishop stated this while delivering the sermon at the 2022 International Men’s Conference of Christ Holy Church International in Abuja on Sunday.