Much Ado About Muslim-Muslim Ticket By Mohammed Adamu
POLITICS DIGEST– This is a democracy. Democracy is rules-governed. It is not regulated by sentiments, prejudices or biases. Every political party has a constitutional right to decide what’s best for it in every circumstance! If the party believes that it can only win with a Muslim-Muslim ticket, who are we, non members, to dictate to it otherwise? Why must we insist that it must go for a ticket that it does not believe can win the trophy?
I hear many who are pro Muslim-Christian ticket say that a Muslim-Muslim ticket is dead on arrival. They say that it will not work. And that in fact it will never work! Well then why don’t we allow it to fail on its own? Why don’t you let it fail, especially since you are sure it will eventually fail! Why insist that it must not be conceived when you are sure that if it is conceived it cannot fly? Or is it that you fear that it will or may work?
If you do not like a Muslim-Muslim ticket, by God do not vote a Muslim-Muslim ticket! It is as simple as that! Or isn’t that the democratic way? The PDP and virtually all the other political parties are going to present Muslim-Christian tickets. Since you are more an advocate of religious balance than you are of the democratic right of choice, why don’t you vote for the party that best represents your inclination?
Yes, you can advice any political party to tow a particular strategic line of action, and you may even advance cogent facts to allay its fears about the non workability of that line of action – proving to it that in addition to further uniting the country, that option is still also a winning option! Even I do not like a Muslim-Muslim ticket. But I still want APC to win. That’s my democratic right of choice. And if only a Muslim-Muslim ticket can give it victory in the circumstances, it is my decision to make!
But you do not brazenly discountenance all the apprehensions, especially of a political party that you do not support or that maybe you even dislike, and still insist that it must conduct itself in a particular way whether or not that way leads to meeting its legitimate democratic objective! This does not make democratic or even legal sense at all! We should desist from pretending to be democratic while our every thought and action suffocate it!