Why Catholic Bishops Haven’t Spoken Yet, How I Will Vote – Onaiyekan –
Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, His Eminence Cardinal John Onaiyekan has explained why the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has yet to take a stand on the All Progressives Congress Muslim-Muslim ticket for the election presidential election in 2023.
He made this known on Wednesday during the 1st Synod of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, held in Ede, Osun State.
Recall that the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket involving Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima had sparked controversy.
Speaking in Ede, Onaiyekan, who revealed he would not be voting for the same denominational ticket as the APC, said, “You will notice that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has not taken any action regarding the Muslim ticket/ Muslim Congress of All Progressives.
“The reason is that the Muslim/Muslim ticket is a political decision made by APC as a party on the calculation that it is their best way to win the election or secure their victory in the 2023 general election.
“There is no point in telling them not to make such a decision.
“All you can say is that they will have to accept responsibility for the decision they have made.
“I only have one voter card and by the grace of God I will use it.
“I will definitely not vote for a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
“It’s my decision.
“But since this is a political decision by a political party, what the church can do officially is bring out the fact and tell people that they have to make their political decision accordingly. “