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Northern group tells members to ignore religion, vote merit

By Abdulganiyu Alabi, Kaduna
27 July 2022   |   2:42 am
Progressive Christian Clerics, North West Zone, has disagreed with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other church leaders asking their members to vote against same faith ticket in the 2023 elections.

L – R: Shettima and Tinubu. Photo/facebook/dabiodunmfr

Progressive Christian Clerics, North West Zone, has disagreed with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other church leaders asking their members to vote against same faith ticket in the 2023 elections.

The group was reacting to the Muslim-Muslim ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC). The presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, had, against opposition, picked a fellow Muslim, Kashim Shettima, as running mate.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Rev. Moses Bitrus of Arise and Shine Prophetic Ministry, Kaduna, the group said instead of joining the fight over the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket, it has resolved to pray God to give Nigerian leaders the wisdom and knowledge to govern the country.

Every Nigerian has the right to vote any candidate of their choice, he argued.

The group, with members across the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, urged Nigerians to be more concerned about electing leaders with capacity to tackle daring security challenges and economic problems militating against the country’s progress.

“Nigeria is collapsing and needs leaders with proven track record of performance that are adequately equipped to fight the threats of insurgency with all seriousness. We need committed leaders with the capacity to deliver on campaign promises without excuses once elected,” it said.

The group, however, pointed out that though Nigeria is a cosmopolitan state with a multi-ethnic and religious diversity, “it is high time we began to speak about leadership on the basis of merit, competence, experience and record of performance in choice of who leads across all tiers of government.

“Religion should not be the basis for electing a president and his running mate.”

While the APC flagbearer is running with a fellow Muslim, Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chose running mates from different faiths.