Daniel H. Bwala, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has left the party over the selection of a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections.
As widespread criticism and rejection followed the party’s selection of Senator Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno State, as Bola Tinubu’s running mate for the APC presidential nomination, Bwala announced his resignation from the party on Sunday night.
“Tonight, I officially resigned my membership of @OfficialAPCNg on principles and conviction that I hold so dear. At this time of our national existence, our efforts and energy should gravitate towards uniting our people,” Bwala wrote on his Twitter page.
Many Nigerians, especially members of opposition parties have criticised the ruling party over its Muslim-Muslim ticket, with some describing it as “terrible” and an indication of the party’s “insensitivity” to the current situation in the country.
Some critiques of the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket choice have also said that the party is insensitive to Nigeria’s religious composition and argued that it is capable of igniting religious dichotomy in the country.