Following the controversy that has been trailing the decision of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to float a Muslim presidential and vice presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 presidential elections, a Senator on the platform of the party, Senator Smart Adeyemi has proposed a legislation that would put an end to that kind of joint ticket.
Speaking at a press briefing, Senator Adeyemi who represents Kogi West in the Senate said, “for the purpose of unity, we must balance all our diversity to a large extent and it is in the view of this that I’m making some proposals. I’ve had discussions with the leadership of the Senate, a cross section of Nigerian Senators, and quite a number statesmen within our party and those who are not in our party, as to how we can resolve and stop the fear of either Christian today or Muslim tomorrow about the nomination and election of candidates.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, I propose, which I have told the leadership of the Senate that we amend section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 by inserting a new sub-clause that no political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as presidential candidate or vice presidential candidate after this dispensation. Because when an oversight is committed the first time, you don’t allow it to occur the second time so that it doesn’t become a policy.”
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