By Olufemi Ajasa
Former Minister of Aviation and member of All Progressive Party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the idea of his party fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket for the 2015 presidential race, saying it is a big mistake that will lead the party to failure, come the election.
Fani-Kayode stated this in an article titled: THE STRANGE DREAM OF A MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET (PART 1), posted on his Facebook wall yesterday.
He said that even though the party leadership has not officially expressed such intention, he is aware of party members advocating and canvassing the idea.
He wrote “Whether we like to admit it or not this has become a heated discussion with party leaders divided on being for or against it.
“This is not 1993 and whether we like it or not we must accept the fact that religion plays a major role in our politics today. This is not ideal, but it is the reality that we have to accept and live with.
“Our party must have a christian and a muslim on the ticket if we want to be taken seriously in the Presidential election. I implore those that think otherwise to sit down and think this through properly.
“We must not present a christian/christian ticket as this would be insensitive to the feelings of muslims and vice versa. I will never support a ticket that presents two members of the same faith no matter what the consequences would be.” He concluded
Meanwhile, his counterpart former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai opined on his Twitter handle that APC will produce a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate that have ”integrity, capacity and competence” and that the religious faith of the candidates does not matter.