The Northern States Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) has cautioned political parties in the country against fielding Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 2023 presidential election.
It described the contemplation of fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidency in the 2023 general elections, as ‘insensitive and selfish’ saying any attempt to foist a Muslim-Muslim ticket on Nigerians will be highly resisted.
In a statement issued by Chairman of NOSCEF, Ejoga Oyinehi Inalegwu in Kaduna, yesterday, it said: “We read with concern, the purported meeting of a frontline politician with some Northern Elders, in which the participants advocated a Muslim-Muslim ticket. Curiously, the report has not been refuted and we wonder the Northern elders, who attended the meeting.
“We recall the M.K.O. Abiola and Babagana Kingibe ticket that won the 1993 presidential election. Majority of Nigerians voted for that ticket because it was meant to address fairness, equity, justice and power rotation between the North and South, South East and North East.”
He also argued that during the previous elections, Shehu Shagari from the North West and Alex Ekwueme (South East) ruled Nigeria and as such, the Abiola-Kingibe ticket meant power shift between the North and South
“Remember that there was no other alternative since the country operated a two party system. Therefore, the injustice, inequity and marginalisation that Nigerians fought against, should not be encouraged by voting Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket,” the statement reads.