Christians will not support political party with Moslem-Moslem ticket in 2023 – APC chieftain


Vatsa (file photo)

Vatsa campaigns for Christian-Moslem ticket for political parties

By Mohammed Usman,


A Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, Mr. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, has warned that Christians would not support any party with Moslem-Moslem ticket in the 2023 general election.

He said that it would no longer be business as usual for politicians who disregard Christians especially in Niger State.

Reflecting of his political experience in the state, Vatsa, who spoke in Minna, assured that they (Christians) would support and vote massively for any political platform that recognized them as equal stakeholders by presenting a Moslem and Christian joint ticket.

The former APC Publicity Secretary in Niger State and Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, said that the Christian community in the state would resist attempts by the ruling party or any other political party in the state to field a Muslim, Muslim ticket for governor and deputy governor in the next dispensation.

“Right from 2007, Christians in Niger State had watched as political parties continued to field Muslim-Muslim joint ticket for both Governor and Deputy Governor. This relegation of Christians to the background politically must stop.

“Such arrangements would not be acceptable in 2023 from any political party,” Vatsa said.

After the inauguration of the state APC Reconciliatory Committee, which he is also standing as a member, Vatsa said that he believed that for equity, justice, fairness and religious harmony, all political parties in Niger State should drop the idea of relegating Christians to the background by presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2023.

Vatsa also pointed out that aside the late former Governor, Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure, who had Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, a Christian, as deputy, Niger State had been governed by all Moslem-Moslem ticket.

“If religious tolerance is practiced at the federal level, I sees no reasons whereby Christians with 50-50 ratio with Moslems in Niger State should not be accorded their rightful place in power distribution by election and appointive positions as equal stakeholders.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all the registered political parties in Niger State to be conscious of choice of candidates for the two top seats because that is the only way they can have the support of Christian community in the state,” Vatsa said.


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