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Opposition alleges plot to hijack religion in election

2015-02-20 08:46
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged a new plot by political rivals to urge the electorate to vote along religious lines.

The main opposition party alerted Nigerians to a fresh plot by “desperate politicians” to circulate leaflets in mosques and churches, asking Muslims to only vote for Muslims in the forthcoming elections.

National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the plot was in line with the track record of those who had consistently used religion to divide Nigerians in order to feather their political nest.

“They are hoping that by further inflaming passion with the highly emotive issue of religion, they can revive their shrivelling political fortunes. That is why they have devised the latest strategy of pitching Christians against Muslims through the circulation of satanic leaflets. Nigerians should not be taken in by this cheap plot,” APC said.

The party reminded Nigerians of the most recent attempt to use religion as a tool to win votes, when Vice President Namadi Sambo allegedly said his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had more Muslims than the APC.

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PDP has denied the allegations of influencing voters along religious lines.

“It must baffle every right thinking Nigerian what the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stands to gain by his resort to base instincts. It is more baffling against the background of the fact that it was his party, the PDP that first labelled our party, the APC, as a Muslim party,” APC stated.

“Not even when the APC elected a Christian as its National Chairman, supported by many party officials who are also Christians, did they back off from their incautious claim. It did not occur to them that our party is more religiously diverse than they have sought to portray it to Nigerians,” the party said.

It asked Nigerians to disregard religion as a tool for securing votes in any part of the country.

“Faith is a personal thing to individuals and no responsible government will seek to use religion to divide the people.”

- CAJ News
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