The Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has called out his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kashim Shettima.
Speaking at a conference held in Abuja on Thursday, Baba-Ahmed said Shettima lacks public composure and discipline in communication.
He also accused the former Borno State Governor of being out of touch with reality.
Baba-Ahmed however sarcastically pointed out that Shettima’s dress sense (following his oversized suit and sneakers to the Nigeria Bar Association conference in Lagos back in August 2022) has improved.
The Labour Party running mate urged Shettima to stop making unguarded and uncultured statements against other personalities.
He said, “We congratulate Mr. Shettima on having improved his dressing, but equally remind him that he needs to improve on his public composure and discipline in communication.
“Shettima is called upon to speak kindly and more responsibly about all personalities if only to uphold long-established standards. Little wonder he has consistently put to shame the noble heritage of the great Bornu Empire, in his unguarded and uncultured public pronouncements, which expose his intellectual laziness and discomfort with empirical facts and arguments.
“Regular insults which have now become his trademark, have not spared the current Vice President whom he directed to go and sell ice cream, nor the former vice president whom he described as a pure water seller, a noble venture which serves the populace better than a certain white substance.
“It is pertinent to recall how Mr. Shettima at a recent public event belittled Atiku Abubakar’s educational qualification as well as the modest lifestyle of Peter Obi. Clearly, Mr. Shettima is out of touch with reality and cannot understand that people like Peter Obi who have reached the heights in business and material achievement have long transcended the need for ostentatious display of wealth.”
Ahmed Takes On Atiku
Not done, the LP running mate also called out former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to stop painting one ethnic group as superior to others.
He reminded him that his allegiance must be to Nigeria.
He stated, “It is important to underline that oaths of office do not expire with tenure, and hence the comment that the Northern electorate do not need a Yoruba or Igbo leader is greatly at variance with the oaths of office taken in 1999 and 2003 respectively, and the Peace Accord of 2022.
“This is to call upon the owner of the statement to respectfully retract same in order to be readmitted to the honour list of esteemed presidential candidates. Truth of the matter is that every Nigerian from anywhere needs a credible and competent president.”