A Christian group, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), maintaining that it was a threat to national unity.
In a statement signed by the Kaduna State chairman, PFN, Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako, said: “we have noticed with great dismay the consistent disregard for our heterogeneous nature in Nigeria by our political players. This is done in the face of increasing weakness of the bond of unity. It is not only against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but against the plan of God.
“The new trend of fielding party flag bearers with individuals from one faith is not consistent with our federal system. It has the potency to polarise our beloved nation at this crucial moment that all true citizens are searching for unity.
“We therefore declare Muslim-Muslim ticket is barbaric and unacceptable. We shall not let it stand because it showcases our great nation in bad light.”
Apostle Bako further said, “I see this as irresponsible decision and a disregard for our diversities. I wish to state that it is not acceptable.
“We call on all peace-loving citizens to reject this evil pattern that is gradually getting entrenched. Let’s unite and build a society on the basis of respect for everyone’s humanity.”
He noted that both Muslims and Christians are affected by the economic hardships brought by poor leadership and no one should be deceived.
He reiterated that Nigerians should wake up and reject same faith ticket, saying that 2023 is an opportunity to open up Nigeria to real political civilisation.