2023: Dogara rubbishes APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, urges Christians not to waste votes

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Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election would fail.

Dogara said this while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition in Abuja on Tuesday.

He stated that Nigeria was not mature enough as a nation for the adoption of a same-faith ticket.

Dogara said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization.

“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.

“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”

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He said that the elite consensus necessary for nation-building was against the Muslim-Muslim ticket, noting that both Christian and Muslim clerics have condemned it.

The APC chieftain said that the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu failed to heed advice against choosing a Muslim running mate.

“These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.

“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.

“It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed in nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”

Dogara advised Christians not to waste their votes in 2023.

“Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.

“I have gone to great lengths to demonstrate that the church must not waste its votes or sow same on unproductive grounds.

“Every Christian must see his vote as talents given to him by God to trade with and as seeds that must not be wasted.

“The only way we can build a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the right things. A united, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible if we go to work. We can start building that Nigeria of our dreams if we don’t waste our votes in the next election circle,” the ex-Speaker said.

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