Christian leaders from the Congress of All Northern Progressives have pledged to set up a committee to consult with Christian and Muslim stakeholders on an alternate political party to support in the 2023 presidential election.
This was revealed in a statement issued after the APC North Christian Leaders Summit released Saturday in Abuja and jointly signed by Doknan Sheni (Plateau) North Central; Ishaya Bauka (Taraba) North East and Saidu Ibrahim (Jigawa) North West.
The leaders said the committee must arrive at the best platform that would best galvanize and direct their patriotic spirits and resolve to collectively build a united multi-religious and multi-ethnic society as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
The leaders said that after careful consideration and deliberation, the summit decided that their party’s adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket was divisive, unfair and insensitive.
He, however, said that the northern Christians of the APC would not support or allow any attempt to divide Nigeria along religious lines.
“We have decided to set up a committee within us with a mandate to go around Nigeria and consult with Christian and Muslim stakeholders, including other stakeholders.”
He said stakeholders, not from the faith community, but who shared the aspirations of a peaceful and united Nigeria would be galvanized.
He said it was about arriving at the best platform that would best galvanize and direct patriotic spirits and resolve to build a united multi-religious and multi-ethnic society as guaranteed by the constitution.
Faith-based religious leaders said they had also decided to convene an inter-faith summit in the near future after concluding consultations across religious divides.
It is, according to the statement, that Muslim and Christian leaders will announce the best pan-Nigerian platform that will best serve the collective interests of the people beyond 2023.
“Let all delegates return to their communities and circulate these resolutions and await the convening of the next summit where a final decision would be made on which ticket we will collectively vote for in 2023.”