Nigeria Fairness Group (NEG) has urged the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) to decide on Southern Christians as their presidential candidates within the 2023 election.
NEG, an unbiased political motion advocating inclusion forward of 2023, mentioned for equity and steadiness within the Nigerian political house, each events ought to make sure that a Southern Christian succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, after his two phrases in workplace.
The physique, whereas claiming that APC is already contemplating the Southern Christian choice, kicked in opposition to the alleged plot by some PDP leaders to appoint a Northern Muslim as presidential candidate in 2023.
The group, in an announcement collectively signed by its convener, Dr. Emeka Nwosu, and secretary, Alhaji Mubarak Muhammed Alabi, mentioned: “We hope and pray that for the sake of nationwide unity, peace and stability, the 2 main political events rise above pedestrian and slender partisanship and do what is true by adopting or electing competent Southern Christians as their presidential candidates in 2023.”
It mentioned additional: “We’re proud of the stories coming from the APC. We’re conscious that the social gathering is now actively working in direction of having a Southern Christian as its presidential candidate within the 2023 presidential election. We commend the social gathering for toeing this line of nationwide curiosity and inclusion and for disappointing critics who, throughout its early days as a political social gathering, sneered at it for being a ‘Janjaweed social gathering’, a snide reference to the religion of a few of its leaders.
“When the APC finally achieves this purpose, it could be demonstrating to all that it’s a true nationwide social gathering, one which absolutely understands the heterogeneous complexities of the Nigerian state. And it will likely be recompensing its Southern Christian political leaders and members, who, in 2015, backed President Buhari, a Muslim over Jonathan, the Southern Christian candidate in that election.”
The physique mentioned it was not proud of the PDP over speculated plot by a few of its leaders to appoint a Northern Muslim. It mentioned: “We’re notably dissatisfied within the PDP as a result of it’s the biggest beneficiary of Southern votes and solidarity over time. Since 2003, the PDP has obtained extra votes kind the South than some other political social gathering and the zone has been its stable base. Within the final election, the one two areas the place the PDP gained handily had been within the South, the South East and South South.”
“It’s unconscionable that the social gathering or a bit of it’s contemplating nominating a northern Muslim presidential candidate after the tenure of one other Muslim, with out regard to the ethnic and spiritual mixture of the nation.”