2023: Bishop Akinola speaks against same faith presidential aspirants

Bishop Akinola

General Overseer of Rhema Christian Church and Towers International, Bishop Taiwo Akinola has spoken against the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress presidential aspirants in the 2023 elections.

It will be recalled that APC presidential flag bearer, Bola Tinubu had picked former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate, who is also a Muslim. This has caused uproar on social media in the past days.

However, Bishop Akinola has vehemently spoken against the choice of APC as against the wish of some Nigerians. The cleric made this statement during a media briefing held alongside the New Wine Fire Conference 2022 with the theme: “Flowing In The Messianic Anointing”.

He said, “We make bold to say that same faith ticket, particularly at the presidency would further entrench national division and disunity. We are aware that the idea of mono faith that is Muslim-Muslim candidature is being contemplated in some leading political circles today. 

"But we as bonafide citizens of this country are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of such a contemplation, which is why we speak up against it now before it is too late.

“We as body of believers are saying no to same same ticket, Muslim-Muslim candidature by any party. It is a fact that political calculation sometimes necessitate very difficult decisions but we strongly advise all major parties including the APC, PDP, NNPP, LP, among others, and their candidature that same faith candidature is certainly not a route to take at all in today’s Nigeria. 

“Muslim-Muslim ticket would unwittingly fuel a further cry against the real or perceived allegation of an islamization agenda and further more exacerbate our present religious crisis. It is therefore commonsensical to totally avoid it. We urge all political players to totally avoid it."

He also expressed sadness at the choice of the APC and asked that all political parties should strike a balance along religious lines.

He said, “We urge all major political parties in Nigeria to please strike a balance along religious lines for a united and peaceful co-existence in our land. It is a very sad commentary on our kind of politics in this clime that some politicians are only thinking of strategy to win election not minding if they need the country in the end."

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