The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo has dismissed the threats being made by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal as regards Muslim-Muslim ticket presented by the All Progressive Congress APC.
It will be recalled that the duo have vowed to mobilise northern Christians to vote against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party.
It was reported on Tuesday that Dogara had on Tuesday described the same faith presidential ticket as one that is “doomed to end in a spectacular failure.”
Keyamo who is also the spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo said that both Dogara and Lawal are just expressing expressed their frustration.
He said, “I think they have made their point and they have been heard loud and clear. After that, they must allow the majority members of the party to have their say and way. Let Nigerians as a whole also have their say at the 2023 general elections
“What is not acceptable is an attempt to force their personal opinion as the view of a non-existent bloc in the APC. There is nothing called ‘Northern Christians bloc’ within the party.
“They have not been nominated at any event by the party’s Constitution to be the leader of any bloc called Northern Christians bloc. They have not been elected or nominated. What they are conducting is just their own opinion or agenda. They should not pretend to be leading a non-existent bloc in the party.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, had told our correspondent that he was not moved by such pressure, saying expulsion or punitive measures for recalcitrant party members is not the solution.
According to him, the party is instead looking to reconcile every aggrieved member ahead of the 2023 elections.
He said, “What is an anti-party activity in people expressing their opinions? This is democracy. Even party members are entitled to their opinions. I mean everything people say in the realm of their liberty does not have to amount to anti-party.
“The APC is more interested in reconciling people who are aggrieved and have more reasons to be dissatisfied with each other.”