Former speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and a group of All Progressives Congress (APC) northern Christian leaders, have reached a resolution to work against their party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Dogara and Lawal have been a strong voice against APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Both politicians have repeatedly expressed their dismay over the decision of the APC to field a same-faith ticket. Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, and Kashim Shettima, his running mate, are both Muslims.
Dogara, Lawal and the other members of the group took the decision to work against their party after a meeting in Abuja at the weekend.
“That we have agreed to work together with a view to fostering unity, peace and national cohesion,” a communique issued after the meeting reads.
“To work together and jointly adopt a pan-Nigerian political platform that will engender unity, inclusiveness and a sense of belonging among the Nigerian citizenry.
“Conscious of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural configuration of Nigeria we believe that a same faith ticket and voting along religious lines may trigger dangerous dimensions of negative consequences among our disparate peoples in ways that will hamper nation building.
“Consequently, we have agreed to channel our energies on matters that unite us more as a people instead of encouraging attacks on sensitive issues bothering on religion in the name of politics.
“In view of the above, we have agreed to set up a committee with the mandate to fashion out strategies for advancing the objectives set forth in this resolution.”Follow us on social media