The vice-presidential candidate of Labour Party, Datti Baba-Ahmed, sent a sarcastic applaud to the vice president candidate of the All-Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Kashim Shettima, over his “improved dress sense” to public functions.
Datti described the former Governor of Borno State as one with a “morally-bankrupt character” who is out of touch with reality.
Shettima who stood in for Tinubu at the Nigeria Bar Association conference in Lagos on the 22nd of August 2022 was mocked for dressing to the conference with an oversized suit and sneakers combo.
The people on Twitter streets, began an hashtag #shettimachallenge, where they made posts dragging and mimicking the senators dress sense.
Although Shettima defended his position, saying he wore the combo on purpose to shame his critics, not many were ready to give in to that excuse.
In a conference on Thursday, held in Abuja, Datti observed that Shettima’s dress sense has slightly improved lately, while still accusing him of his character of belittling political opponents and urged the Governor to improve in his discipline and public composure.
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.
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“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.”
He also added “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.
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