Senator Good Adeyemi (APC Kogi West) disclosed to journalists two days in the past, a proposed laws, in opposition to identical religion presidential ticket by candidates of any political celebration. Taiye Odewale studies
Contentious concern of identical religion presidential ticket
Nigeria being a extremely diversified nation by way of cultural variations, ethnicity and faith, energy sharing and political places of work, notably, on the centre, has at all times been achieved in methods of carrying the differing peoples alongside.
For the positions of President and Vice President, the 4 crucial variables of North and South, Islam and Christianity have at all times been adopted and adhered to, by any political celebration that wins on the centre proper from the primary republic to the current fourth republic.
Although the late Chief Moshood Abiola and Babagana Kingibe ticket of the Social Democratic Occasion (SDP) in 1993, would have knocked off faith side of the variables, however the presidential election presumed to have been gained by Abiola was annulled with attendant abortion of the third republic completely.
Adherence to the 4 variables since 1999
For the reason that graduation of the current fourth republic, the 4 variables have at all times mirrored within the Presidential and Vice Presidential energy configuration on the centre as seen with Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar presidency between 1999 and 2007, late Umaru Yar’ Adua and Goodluck Jonathan presidency from 2007 to Could 2010, Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo Presidency from Could 2010 to Could 2015 and President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo presidency from Could 2015 until date.
2023 projection and identical religion ticket of APC
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with the widest and formidable construction throughout the nation, is believed to be the celebration to beat within the 2023 common elections, the rationale why many Nigerians have centered extra on its Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates.
Little marvel that when the Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, got here up with Senator Kashim Shettima as his operating mate, many involved Nigerians, notably Christians, kicked in opposition to it by saying the selection negates the faith side of the variables.
Expectedly, the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his teeming supporters throughout the nation, rose to the event by allaying the fears raised by the Christian group and another Nigerians.
Senator Adeyemi’s proposed laws
Although in assist of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Kashim Shettima ticket, Senator Good Adeyemi (APC Kogi West), on Sunday in Abuja addressed the press the place he disclosed that an modification to part 84 of the 2022 electoral act is being deliberate to stop identical religion ticket after the 2023 common election.
He stated: “For the needs of unity, we should steadiness up our variety to a big extent. And it’s in view of this that I’m making some proposals. I’ve had discussions with the management of the Senate, my celebration management and an excellent variety of senators.
“The answer I hereby suggest, so as to not discover ourselves in an identical scenario sooner or later, is that the electoral act be amended as follows:
“The modification of Part 84 of the electoral act 2022 by inserting a brand new sub part (3) that no political
celebration shall nominate candidates of the identical faith as presidential
candidates or vice-presidential candidates after this dispensation.
“I hereby suggest the modification of Part 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 by inserting a brand new subsection 3 which which is able to prohibit identical religion ticket for presidential election.
“When that is accommodated, it’ll function a information in opposition to any oversight corresponding to this sooner or later as additional occurrences shall be deemed as silent insurance policies which shall be able to bringing down the
materials of the nation.
“For me as a statesman, I owe
myself the accountability to talk the reality always irrespective
of mischievous misinterpretations.
“The civil battle was fought in a
bid to stay a united nation. We fought the battle as a result of the South east is an integral and important half
of the nation. In the event that they have been with out worth, there could be no motive to combat the battle. However as a result of
a median particular person from the south east is endowed, like all different components of the nation, we fought to stay one.
“Subsequently, any place that’s good for any yourba, hausa, gwarri, Kanuri Tiv or Nupe man should equally be good for an Igbo, Okun Yoruba of Kogi State,Fulani, igala, Ebira or Idoma indigene of Nigeria.
“Let nobody assume that any tribe shall be subdued any longer. The period for that’s gone. We should rise
to the truth of the fashionable world that every one males have been created equal and we should allow equal alternatives regardless of our diversities.”
Assist for Tinubu/Shettima Ticket
He nevertheless assured Nigerians that regardless of the identical religion ticket, Tinubu/Shettima are the perfect for Nigeria come 2023.
He stated: “Tinubu and Shettima needs to be assessed primarily based on their pedigrees and never their non secular religion and even political celebration.
“Nigerians ought to take a look at the people candidates contesting for the presidency in 2023 and never the political events they belong to or faith they apply.
“Primarily based on my conviction , regardless of the identical religion ticket, Tinubu and Shetimma are the perfect for the nation come 2023.
“They’ve demonstrated required capacities, competence and dedication whereas in workplace as Govt Governors of Lagos and Borno State individually.
“Asiwaju Tinubu specifically, demonstrated his pan Nigerian disposition together with his cupboard composition devoid of tribal or non secular sentiments
“He and Shetimma, are in precise truth, Nigeria’s candidates that needs to be voted for.
“I due to this fact take this chance to enchantment to our most popular incoming President and Vice President,
to not fail Nigerians after the victory of our celebration by being delicate to the scepticism being expressed by the Christian a part of the nation.
“It’s crucial that they steadiness up key appointments to offer all Nigerians a way of belonging”.