Ahead of next year’s general elections in Nigeria, a Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that plans to fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket cannot work in Nigeria in 2023 given the new realities before the country.
According to him, unlike in 1993 when the Social Democratic Party (SDP) fielded MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe ticket, there was no insurgency challenge.
Recall that it was reported that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is planning to announce a Muslim as his running mate after picking Ibrahim Masari as a placeholder ahead of the 2023 presidential poll.
Reacting, Adegboruwa warned that the APC would be creating a crisis.
‘It is a project that is dead on arrival. We can only imagine what would happen if the situation is reversed and people canvass for a Christian-Christian ticket. That would sound somehow considering the current template we operate in Nigeria.
‘There are two dominant religions in Nigeria today. It is either you are a Christian or a Muslim. Even though I agree that other entities exist. If we want to talk about power rotation, we must be holistic. Once you have agreed that power should shift from the North to the South, the consideration of the issue of faith must come.
‘This is because balancing the equation means that the person who was occupying that position in the past, Mohammadu Buhari, is by all accounts, a Muslim.
‘If we move from the Muslim who ruled for eight years to another Muslim’s eight years and then you take another Muslim vice president, you are provoking a religious war. And I don’t think that is proper in this country.
‘It would not have mattered just like in 1993 when Nigerians gave their mandate to MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe. But there was no Boko Haram then, no ISWAP. It is totally different now,” Adegboruwa told reporters in an interview earlier in the week.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the APC is still weighing its options before the closure of the electoral window.