Nigeria national assembly move to ammend electoral act to prohibit same faith ticket.

The National Assembly is proposing a change to Section 84 of the Electoral Act of 2022 to prohibit political parties from nominating candidates of the same religion for president and vice president.

This is to avoid a repeat of the controversy that surrounded the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections.

Senator Smart Adeyemi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, dropped the hint during a media briefing on Sunday in Abuja, saying the proposed amendment seeks to promote unity and religious harmony in the country.

The National Assembly is proposing a change to Section 84 of the Electoral Act of 2022 to prohibit political parties from nominating candidates of the same religion for president and vice president.

This is to avoid a repeat of the controversy that surrounded the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections.

Senator Smart Adeyemi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, dropped the hint during a media briefing on Sunday in Abuja, saying the proposed amendment seeks to promote unity and religious harmony in the country.

During the briefing, he showed journalists a draft copy of the proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act 2022 and for other matters connected thereto, 2022.

Adeyemi, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District and the bill’s sponsor, explained that Section 84 of the Electoral Act would be amended by inserting a new subsection stating that after this date, no political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate.

According to him, the move was necessitated by the controversy created by the APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

He emphasized that a new sub-section to Section 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act is being proposed to prevent future occurrences.

Section 84 of the Principal Act will be amended by inserting a new subsection 3 that states, After the 2023 election, no political party shall nominate candidates of the same religion as Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate.

When this is accommodated, it will serve as a guide against any oversight such as this in the future, as further occurrences will be deemed as silent policy capable of tearing the nation’s fabric,” he said.

Adeyemi also stated that extensive consultations on the need for the amendment have taken place with Senate leadership and other colleagues.

He, however, stated that while the Christian Association of Nigeria’s (CAN) concerns about a same-faith Presidential ticket are legitimate, the broad-mindedness and pedigree of those in the race for President for the time being would allay all fears.

He argued that those in the race should be judged on their pedigrees rather than their religious faith or political party.

Nigerians should look at the individual candidates running for president in 2023, not the political parties they support or the religion believe.

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