The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is seeking amendment to section 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act to stop same faith ticket of either Muslim- Muslim or Christian – Christian for President and Vice President of Nigeria by any political party after the 2023 general election.
Senator Smart Adeyemi ( APC Kogi West), in a draft copy of a bill to that effect at a media briefing today, September 4, said that the Muslim – Muslim Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), has generated furor in the polity, thereby necessitating the move.
“Section 84 of the Principal Act will be amended by inserting a new subsection 3 which will states 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.”
Smart Adeyemi said that wide range consultations on the need for the amendment have been made with the leadership of the Senate and other colleagues.
He however, said that though apprehensions raised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over same faith Presidential ticket were genuine but that the broadmindedness and pedigree of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shetimma, would allay all fears being raised.
Tinubu and Shettima, he added, should be assessed based on their pedigrees and not their religious faith or even political party.
“Nigerians should look at the individuals candidates contesting for the presidency in 2023 and not the political parties they belong to or religion they practice.
“Based on my conviction, despite the same faith ticket , Tinubu and Shetimma are the best for the country come 2023.
“They have demonstrated required capacities , competence and commitment while in office as Executive Governors of Lagos and Borno State separately.
“Asiwaju Tinubu in particular, demonstrated his pan Nigerian disposition with his cabinet composition devoid of tribal or religious sentiments.
“He and Shettima are in actual fact, Nigeria candidate that should be voted for,” he said.
He lampooned the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for violating the zoning policy of his political party by declaring it is the turn of the South, to produce next President.