Following the muslim-muslim ticket fielded by the All Progressives Congress, APC, members of the Senate have proposed an amendment to a section of the Electoral Act 2022.
The sponsor of the bill and Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, informed journalists of the development on Sunday.
In a draft copy of the bill he showed the newsmen is a piece of legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act 2022 and for other matters connected thereto.
Adeyemi explained that the Section 84 of the Electoral Act would be amended by inserting a new subsection which states: “No political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate after this dispensation”.
“Section 84 of the Principal Act will be amended by inserting a new subsection 3 which will state thus ‘No political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate after the 2023 election.
‘When this is accommodated, it will serve as a guide against any oversight such as this in the future as further occurrences will be deemed as silent policy which is capable of bringing down the fabrics of the nation.”
Speaking on the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the APC, the lawmaker advised the Christian Association of Nigeria to entertain no fear.
“Nigerians should look at the individual candidates contesting for the presidency in 2023 and not the political parties they belong to or religion they practice,” he said.