New Twist in APC Crisis as Powerful Chieftain Begins Discussions With PDP Over Muslim-Muslim Ticket

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The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation has stated that he is in talks with the leaders of the major opposition parties regarding the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Babachir Lawal and Yakubu Digara, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, had previously expressed their displeasure with Kashim Shettima’s selection as Bola Tinubu’s running mate.

According to the ex-SGF, he and Dogara are willing to engage in dialogue with other parties about the alleged injustice meted out to some APC members who are Christians.

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The crisis within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the flagging of its Muslim-Muslim ticket appears to be contributing to anti-party moves by party members.

According to The Punch, Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and an ex-speaker of the House of Representatives, is on the verge of leaving the APC over the party’s decision to go ahead with Kashim Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s running mate despite their shared religious beliefs.

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Lawal said that some aggrieved members of the APC are in talks with the leadership of PDP, Labour Party and other oppositions. Photo: Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima.

Lawal and Yakubu Dogara have continued to publicly criticise the APC’s decision to allow the party’s presidential candidate for 2023 to nominate Shettima as his running mate.

Both the ex-SGF and the former Speaker described the party’s actions as the will of Christians in Nigeria.

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Their grievance, however, appeared to take a new turn when Lawal revealed that they (he and Dogara) are open to other parties who may be willing to receive them.

The former SGF stated that they were only running against the same APC ticket for justice for all and that it was not personal.

While stating that the decision to leave the ruling party has not yet been made, Lawal stated that they are already in discussions with members of the PDP, Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

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He said;

“What we are doing is for the sake of Nigeria. Of the 18 political parties in the country, we are talking to the Peoples Democratic Party, the Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

“It is only the APC that has rejected us; the other 17 parties have not. So, those three are in the foreground of our discussion for now, but no decision has been taken.

“We are open to listening to parties that are receptive to us. You know, some people are friendlier than others. Whatever the outcome, we will let you know but to tell the truth, we are in talks.”

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Meanwhile, the National Youth Alliance has backed Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress in their decision to appoint Governor Yahaya Bello as the youth coordinator for the 2023 presidential campaign council.

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