Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal asserts that a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election is doomed to fail.
The presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other parties are now looking for vice presidential candidates.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) granted them a week to submit their running partners’ names on Thursday.
Babachir Lawal stated on the Channels Television programme Politics Today that the idea of a Muslim president and vice president in the United States in 2023 is dead on arrival.
Given the particular political climate of the nation, which is divided along regional and religious lines, he stated that it is inappropriate for anyone to entertain such a notion.
“Even if you have the best ticket, it’s useless if you don’t win the election. Therefore, we must keep in mind that the vice presidential candidate will aid in winning the election.”
“Extending this thinking to the Muslim-Muslim ticket, I live among Christians and am aware that the Muslim-Muslim ticket issue is a non-starter; it is dead on arrival.
“Buhari himself, even at that time, had to abandon this current presidential candidate due to the tension of a Muslim-Muslim ticket, and we have not observed any big changes in the country that would permit this to occur. In fact, it has gotten worse.”
A political party, according to Lawal, an ally of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, is in the business of winning elections, and to win elections, one must receive more votes than the opposition.
He emphasised that the party must make the appropriate considerations before selecting its vice president in advance of the upcoming elections.
“The religious difference has grown, the tribal divide has grown, and the geographical divide has grown,” the former SGF stated. Therefore, it will be a wonderful thing if the APC settles for a Muslim-Christian ticket, because we know that is what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will do.
When asked if he would like to be Tinubu’s running mate, he responded, “God has not instructed me to seek that post. If you attain my degree of Christianity, you should be able to seek God’s opinion on everything you do and receive guidance.
“I will evaluate it. I have served in government before, and I have not perceived any personal benefits or advantages. Since leaving the government, I’ve had a very wonderful life as a businessperson and have lived well. I am happy and so are my children.”