Elder statesman and founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has expressed his satisfaction at the recently concluded general elections. He argued that Nigerians voted their choice, and the voters were not largely influenced by ethno-religious agendas.
Recall that controversies trailed the recently concluded elections as opposition parties accused each other of fueling religious and ethnic agendas. While the All Progressives Congress was criticized for fielding a same-faith (Muslim-Muslim) ticket, Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi was accused of promoting religious bigotry over a leaked conversation between him and Bishop David Oyedepo.
While reacting to the controversies, Alhaji Yakasai insisted that neither ethnicity nor religion played a major role in the outcome of the elections.
In his words: "The election, particularly the presidential election, was driven by the programmes and the manifestoes presented by the candidates. That is my view. I Don’t Believe the Voters Voted Because of Ethnicity or Religion. Take a look at the pattern of votes in the Christian and Muslim dominated areas and areas dominated by different ethnic groups. With the exception of South-East, voters from different ethnic groups voted for the candidates of their choices."
Source: The Tribune
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