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Muslim-Muslim Ticket Won’t Work – Baba-Ahmed


Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party’s vice presidential candidate, has stated that a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket will not work in Nigeria due to the country’s ethnoreligious issues.
In light of the two Muslims presented by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for this Saturday’s competitive presidential election, Baba-Ahmed gave his thoughts on the possibility of a same-faith ticket.

“The same reason Tinubu is not the vice president of Nigeria now is the same reason he cannot be president,” Baba-Ahmed remarked on Channels Television’s The 2023 Verdict on Tuesday.

“What couldn’t happen in 2015 when the then candidate Buhari requested for any nomination whatever from Tinubu – because that configuration has passed. It is no longer viable in Nigeria. (A) A Muslim-Muslim ticket will not function.

Arguing that “that configuration cannot work anymore”, the Labour Party candidate underscored the place of faith in Nigeria’s political structure, saying the country’s sociopolitical makeup is not a random occurrence.

“The creator of the heavens and earth does not make mistakes. This is the Federal Republic of Nigeria as duly filed at the United Nations and registered too,” he said.

“It’s not the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for example, or the Vatican or Iran or Libya or Mauritania. It’s a federal republic, and God didn’t make a mistake by putting all of us, 250 (tribe).

“You find other countries, nearly 100 percent – one faith, one language, one group. Not the same in Nigeria – 250 (tribes) at least and two big competing religions. And we say that it’s not a mistake from our creator.”

According to him, out of 18 political parties that presented presidential candidates, 15 have fallen behind.

He added that of the other three, two have “misconfigured themselves”, saying they have “fallen out of alignment with the dictates of winning elections in Nigeria”.