Despite fears that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may lose the 2023 presidential election if it fields a Muslim alongside its flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a former minister of aviation, Fani-Kayode, has said that the party would be victorious at the poll.
Telescope.ng reports that the public debate over possibility of the ruling party fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket has dominated the public conversation lately.
Fani-Kayode, who is an APC chieftain, while speaking on the issue on Channels TV’s political show, Politics Today, maintained that religion could not be ruled out totally in the Nigerian politics.
He, however, stated that it would be a “very big mistake” to suggest that a Muslim-Muslim ticket should not be an issue for anybody.
The former minister said: “It’s an issue and we will have to explain and defend to the wider population of the Nigerian people if we choose to go that way. I am not saying I’m against it. If that’s what the candidate wants, we will stand by him and defend him.
“However, we need to defend it. We can’t just say religion has no place in the politics of today. It certainly does, especially where 50 Christians were slaughtered in a Church in Owo the other day. In Southern Kaduna the other day, a number of 34 Christians were slaughtered.”