Omo-Agege (file photo)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) will respect religious diversity by not fielding a presidential ticket with two people of the same religion in the 2023 presidential election.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, gave the assurance in Abuja on Thursday while hosting members of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), led by its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle.
Omo-Agege also appealed to all political parties to balance their presidential tickets among major faiths in Nigeria.
Responding to a call by the CAN president opposing all-Muslim and all-Christian presidential candidates and running mates in the next general election, the senator pointed out that the APC had always been mindful of that in its choice of candidates for elective and appointive positions.
He buttressed his argument with the 2015 APC primaries where the party averted a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket.
While urging the Church to pray for leaders holding political offices at all times, the Deputy Senate President urged religious bodies to use their platforms to enlighten Nigerians on the need to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
By doing so, he said, they would not only be protecting themselves against the pandemic but also their loved ones and those around them.
Besides, the CAN president had cautioned politicians against heating up the polity with unguarded utterances, even as he called for synergy between the body and the National Assembly.