Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned major political parties not to field candidates of same religion on their presidential tickets. In a statement he issued on Sunday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, Obasanjo said any party or leader who does so is “insensitive to the point of absurdity.”
Obasanjo said “sensitivity is a necessary ingredient for enhancement of peace, security and stability at this point in the political discourse and arrangement for Nigeria and for encouraging confidence and trust.”
He added that “Nigeria cannot at this stage raise the spectre and fear of Islamization or Christianization. The idea of proselytization in any form is a grave danger that must not be contemplated by any serious-minded politician at this delicate situation in Nigeria; as this time is different from any other time.”
Although Obasajo did not mention any specific party, his warning may not be unconnected to speculations that the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, favours a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
He stated that “disregarding the fact that there are fears that need to be allayed at this point will amount not only to insensitivity of the highest order but will also amount to very bad politics indeed.”
Aside the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, picking President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidates, four aspirants are so far jostling for the APC ticket. They are General Muhammadu Buhari, retd; ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso and publisher of the Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah.