Lawmaker proposes bill to stop same-faith ticketing
Legislator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi, has proposed a bill to prevent a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian same-faith ticket for the seats of President and Vice-President by any political party after the general elections of 2023.
Adeyemi, who showed reporters a copy of the draft on Sunday, noted that the Senate was asking for an amendment to Article 84 of the 2022 electoral law.
Adeyemi, during the press conference, said that the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the Congress of All Progressives generated a lot of controversy in the country and necessitated the move.
According to him, to prevent future occurrences, a new subsection is proposed in article 84 of the electoral law of 2022.
He said: “Article 84 of the main law will be amended by inserting a new paragraph 3 which will read as follows: ‘No political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as presidential candidate and presidential candidate. the vice-presidency after the 2023 elections”.
“When this is accepted, it will serve as a guide against any oversights like this in the future, as further events will be seen as silent politics capable of tearing down the fabrics of the nation.”
He added that extensive consultations on the need for the amendment have been made with the Senate leadership and other colleagues.
He however said that while the apprehensions raised by the Christian Association of Nigeria over the same-faith presidential ticket are sincere, the open-mindedness and pedigree of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shetimma will allay any fears raised. .
The senator further added that Tinubu and Shettima should be assessed based on their pedigrees and not their religious faith or even their political party.
Adeyemi said, “Nigerians should look at the individuals running for President in 2023 and not the political parties they belong to or the religion they practice.
“Based on my belief, despite having the same ticket of faith, Tinubu and Shetimma are the best for the country in 2023.”