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Same-faith ticket: APC has rejected us, says Lawal

Same-faith ticket: APC has rejected us, says Lawal

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, said he is in talks with other political parties.

Lawal who disclosed this in an interview with The Punch on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic party, Labour party and the New Nigerian Peoples Party are open to receiving them.

The recent development revealed that the former SGF might be on his way out of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Lawal had been critical of the decision of the APC to settle for a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket in the 2023 elections and recently vowed to mobilise Northern Christians to reject the Tinubu/Shettima joint ticket.

During the interview, the ex-SGF said the agitation against the Muslim-Muslim ticket was nothing personal but a representation of the wish of a people who are part of the Nigerian nation “demanding for fair and equitable representation.”

According to him, no decision has yet been made on whether or not to quit the ruling party.

He added, however, that “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,” he stressed.

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