The All Progressives Congress (APC)on Monday, took strong exception to what it called the ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to portray the North as a region blinded by religious sentiment when it comes to electing Nigeria’s political leaders.
The party was reacting to a statement credited to the Director of Strategic Communication of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, who while giving reasons for a possible victory of his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the North would not vote for a “fake Muslim”.
The North will not vote for a ‘fake Muslim’ in the name of a pretentious and mischievous Muslim/Muslim ticket. The scam is dead on arrival.
But reacting to the remark, the APC Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, said those who see the North from the prism of religion during electioneering are nothing but poor students of history.
People are playing politics with reality. Traditionally, the North does not vote based on religion or ethnicity. Recall that in 1993, the North voted massively for the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, MKO Abiola. That is not to say they voted for him because he was a Muslim. The same North voted massively for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and they didn’t vote on the basis of religion. Jonathan contested against Atiku who is a Muslim from the North and won. The North does not vote on the sentiment of section or religion; they vote based on merit.
The North is politically advanced to be able to differentiate merit from mediocrity. The APC is campaigning based on issues, not religion or section and our candidate, Bola Tinubu will win with a landslide.