Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a prominent Islamic human rights organization, stated on Tuesday that it will back the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because “two Muslims are better than one.”
This was said in a statement made on Tuesday, November 29, by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director of MURIC.
While stating that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential nominee, is “one of us,” the Islamic group claimed that the APC’s united Muslim ticket convinced them not to endorse the former vice president.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the APC’s nominee, and Senator Kashim Shettima is his running mate. Both men were governors previously.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a Muslim and a Northerner. He is therefore one of us. But Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima are two Muslims. Just as two heads are better than one, two Muslims are better than one.
“Ahmed and Kashim are better than Abubakar and Okowa.
“We repeat, two Muslims are better than one,” MURIC said.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti has slammed the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for using a song by Fela without approval.
This was contained in a statement on Monday, November 28, 2022; in which they explicitly reject their support for the political campaign’s usage of the Afrobeats crooner’s song.
Specifically, the APC utilized “Eko Ile,” a well-known song by Fela, as part of its 2023 presidential campaign. Internet users who believed the Kuti family was promoting the APC party were quite upset by this conduct.
Femi Kuti stated in a disclaimer post on his verified social media accounts that the APC’s action was taken without the families’ consent; adding that the Kuti family has always been politically neutral.
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The post read; “Disclaimer and notice of use without consent. We the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer. We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music; Eko Ile, in the All Progressive Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds.
“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral. While we wish all candidates the best we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”