Muslim-Muslim Ticket, No Qualms – Fayemi, Fashola Insist It’s Winning Strategy

Muslim-Muslim Ticket, No Qualms – Fayemi, Fashola Insist It’s Winning Strategy

BY EDMOND ODOK – Amid the simmering fury and controversy over the same faith presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, and the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, have backed the ruling party, describing it as a mere winning strategy for the party to remain in power come 2023 general elections.

And joining Fayemi and Fashola, considered among the legendary ‘Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s boys’, to drum up support for the ticket is the South African chapter of the ruling party with claims that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kassim Shettima “possess the political capital and administrative wherewithal to lead the most populous black nation to socioeconomic development.”

While Fayemi has allayed the fears of Christians that the Muslim-Muslim ticket was not meant to undermine the Christian community, but a calculated strategy to win next year’s poll, Fashola described Tinubu as the best candidate for the job and urged Nigerians to elevate capacity over religion…CONTINUE READING

Speaking when the new executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ekiti Ekiti State Chapter, led by its Chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Aribasoye visited him in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital at the weekend, Governor Fayemi said the choice of a Muslim running mate was not because there were no competent Christian politicians from the North as being erroneously peddled in some quarters.

He said the responsibility of the church where social justice is being preached should include looking at the challenges being faced by the Christian community and seeking how good governance can address them.

The Governor tasked Christian leaders with eschewing what he called “the theology of disengagement” and embracing politics by converting the current challenge into an opportunity to present a charter of demands to all political candidates, based on irreducible minimum conditions acceptable to Christendom.

“Many Christians see politics as a dirty game, and for this reason are disengaged from the political process. It’s time for us to realise that there are compelling reasons for Christians to participate in politics. In my own opinion, whatever makes us good Christians makes us good citizens.

“The Christian leadership should use this current challenge as an opportunity to present a charter of demands to all political candidates, especially our party (APC), outlining the irreducible minimum conditions acceptable to Christians in the next political dispensation.

“A charter of demands that would represent those values you preach to us in church highlighting our concerns, stressing the place of Christendom in the Nigeria project, and then placing our demands before the political leaders. I want the Church to organize debates around issues of concern among all the candidates”, Governor Fayemi said.

On his part, Fashola said Tinubu, as the President will positively impact the country, adding that the APC National Leader is the best person among the candidates to drive the vehicle of prosperity for Nigeria.

The former Lagos State Governor, who appeared on the popular Channels Television programme, ‘Sunday Politics’ also spoke about his ties with Tinubu, saying: “My relationship with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is good. I’m involved in his aspirations and I’ve been playing my role. I don’t need to come to the public space to announce my intervention”.

Addressing the issues of Tinubu’s capacity, he said: “Asiwaju is the best person to drive the vehicle of prosperity for Nigeria. I say this because I know him. I have worked with him, I know him; he has the tenacity, capacity, vision, and focus to turn things around for this country”.

However, the Works Minister urged Nigerians to shift attention away from the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket to good governance, saying; “We should take away religion from our public life. Let us leave religion to where it belongs. We should be more concerned about who can do the work. We should stop being afraid. Who cares who provides what we need?

For him, many of those causing security breaches, killing, and maiming under the guise of religion were not part of any of the two popular religions, Christianity and Islam, because both religions preach peace, adding that religion should be left to religious centres, and homes, rather than the public space.

On their part, the APC South Africa chapter said Tinubu and Shettima have the capacity to salvage the country from its current woes, insisting that what the nation needs now are competent leaders that can make lives better for the people.

In a statement by the Chapter Chairman, Mr Bola Babarinde, in Lagos, said; “A political party chooses presidential joint ticket for its viability, and solely with the objective to win elections as its immediate priority, and it is after winning and occupying an office that any electoral promises can be fulfilled and delivered.

“The pedigree and achievements of Tinubu and Shettima in administration, governance, and politics are solid and incontrovertible. They both possess the political capital and administrative wherewithal to lead the most populous black nation to socioeconomic development.”

Offering further reasons for throwing their weight behind the same faith pairing, Babarinde said; “The focus and beam light towards the election by the public and especially electorate should be on performance capacity and not religion or other primordial sentiments that have held us back as a nation from collectively rising above tribal and religious divides”.

According to the Chapter; “Now that the flag bearer of the APC, Asiwaju Tinubu, and the party have concluded their decision on those who will occupy Aso Rock in 2023, let us respect and support them.”

“We should pray for their success at the coming polls and working together eventually for the smooth sail of the incoming administration after the current dispensation”, the Chapter further pleaded

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