By Olufemi Ajasa
The widespread speculations last week that former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Tinubu are to emerge as APC’s consensus candidates for the 2015 Presidential Election has provoked condemnation among social media commentators.
Yesterday, a member of the party and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode posted an article on his Facebook wall against the suggestion of a Muslim/Muslim ticket candidacy in the 2015 presidential election. The opinion was titled THE STRANGE DREAM OF A MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET (PART 1)
In the piece, Fani-Kayode stated that such candidacy will be the biggest mistake ever made by APC.
In less than six hours, the post had gone viral.
A social media commentator on Facebook with the handle Abayomi Oyinloye wrote “How can we pretend religion does not count when Boko Haram from the North is waging a war to Islamise the Nation? Islamic conversion of President Jonathan is even one of their demands. We will campaign against APC if they field a muslim/muslim joint ticket for the presidential electon.”
Another commentator who identifies self as Biodun Ishola Ladepo said if the APC looks far and wide enough, it would find Christians and
Muslims who possess “integrity, capacity and competence.” Especially in an age of Boko Haram, saying Nigerians cannot toy with a religiously or ethnically monolithic presidency.
Similarly, one Victor Olusegun Oluwole writes: “Isn’t it just time for a self professed opposition political party like the APC to take a positive and well calculated risk with a sellable and loveable candidate, who the youths of our nation can identify with and who exudes change?”