2023: Islamic Scholars Insist on Yoruba Muslim Presidency

2023: Islamic Scholars Insist on Yoruba Muslim Presidency

  • An Islamic group has said the present situation where presidential candidates were chosen alternately from the north and south should be sustained
  • The group said no individual personal interests should be allowed to disrupt the present arrangement
  • The religious group, however, insisted that as power returns to the south, it should go to Yoruba Muslims

FCT, Abuja - An Islamic group, Concerned Yoruba Muslim Scholars in Nigeria (CYMSN) has insisted that a Yoruba Muslim must emerge as president or vice president of Nigeria in 2023.

The group also raised the alarm over an attempt to permanently disenfranchise the southern Muslims and deny them the opportunity to aspire for the highest position of president or vice president of the country.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the Yoruba Muslims angling for the APC presidential ticket. Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
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Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, May 31, the acting president general, CYMSN, Sheikh AbduRasheed Mayaleke, stated that any attempt to relegate Yoruba Muslims to the background when it comes to the issues of presidency will be resisted with all legal means.

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Mayaleke decried that such an effort was undemocratic and injurious.

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Leadership newspaper quoted him as saying:

“It is no longer news that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, has chosen a northerner as its presidential flag-bearer, even against the expectation that the candidate would come from the south based on the power rotation convention adopted.
“It is against this backdrop that we urge the ruling All Progressives Congress, to choose a southerner, and this time around, a Muslim, as its presidential candidate more so that there is underlying agreement at the inception of party’s formation in 2014.
“Muslims in Yoruba land have long been relegated to the background over the years when it comes to the issue of the presidency.
“This time around, it will no longer be business as usual and if the party makes the mistake of denying us the opportunity of having a Muslim president through vicious power game plan, we will not take it.”

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2023: About 20 million PVCs uncollected, INEC laments

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the high number of uncollected Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), putting the figure at about 20 million.

Channels Television reports that INEC national commissioner of FCT, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Plateau states, Mohammed Haruna, disclosed this on Tuesday, May 31.

He stated that statistics by INEC in 2019 showed that over 84 million PVCs were printed.

2023: GUTS unveils plan, takes sensitization to youths, others

In a related development, the Gina Unimke and Trisha Shine foundation has launched a massive plan ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In its unveiling statement issued on Thursday, May 5 in Abuja, the foundation stressed the importance of participatory democracy and a credible poll come 2023.

The statement signed by its media coordinator, Mr. Akuma Ukpo, said 2023 was critical for the future of the country and all stakeholders must be committed to ensuring that the future of the country is guaranteed.

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2023: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news

On its part, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.

The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Adeoye Temitope, country director, FactCheck Initiative says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.

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