After the 2023 general election, any political party will be prohibited from fielding a same-faith presidential ticket, according to a bill that Kogi-West senator Smart Adeyemi has proposed.
The event occurs at a time when the dust from the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's choice of another Muslim, Kashim Shetima, as his running mate has not yet settled.
Adeyemi highlighted that the Senate is looking to alter Section 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act while presenting journalists with a copy of the draft legislation on Sunday in Abuja.
another Muslim, Kashim Shetima, as his running mate has yet to settle.
Adeyemi, who showed journalists a copy of the draft bill on Sunday in Abuja, noted that the Senate is seeking an amendment to Section 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act.
According to him, the Muslim-Muslim ticket of his political party, the APC, which generated controversies in the country, necessitated the move.
The senator said, “Section 84 of the Principal Act will be amended by inserting a new subsection 3 which will state thus: ‘No political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate after the 2023 election.
“When this is accommodated, it will serve as a guide against any oversight such as this in the future as further occurrences will be deemed as a silent policy which is capable of bringing down the fabrics of the nation.”
He said he had consulted widely with the leadership of the Senate and his other colleagues on the need for the amendment.
He however noted that Tinubu and Shettima should be assessed based on their pedigrees and not their religion.
Adeyemi added, “Nigerians should look at the individual candidates contesting for the presidency in 2023 and not the political parties they belong to the religion they practise.
“Based on my conviction, despite the same faith ticket, Tinubu and Shetima are the best for the country come 2023.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.