The Labour Party (LP) on Saturday, tackled the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima over his utterances on its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and other candidates.
Labour Party Tackles Shettima Over Comments On Obi
In a statement by the Director-General of the Labour Party Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe, the party called on APC to caution Shettima.
The statement expressed dissatisfaction with Shettima’s conduct and said the former Borno governor had flouted the terms of the peace accord signed by all political parties under the supervision of the National Peace Committee headed by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
It also noted that the vice-presidential candidate of APC had made many derogatory remarks about the LP’s flag bearer and other candidates in the race for the presidency.
The statement also described the language being used by Shettima as offensive, derogatory and unethical.
Okupe stated, “We have watched with dismay and disgust the various unguarded insults and disparaging remarks passed on our presidential candidate and other candidates by the vice-presidential candidate of the APC, Mr. Kashim Shettima. Whereas, our political parties are all signatories to the National Peace Accord, supervised by General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s National Peace Committee, which represents the bonafide code of conduct for all corporate and individual direct participants in the current electoral process.
“In the peace accord signed in Abuja, it was expressly stated that candidates would avoid the use of abusive and offensive language throughout the campaigns. It is, therefore, very unfortunate and regretful but not exactly surprising that in flagrant disregard for the clauses and principles of this accord, the APC vice-presidential candidate in particular has continued repeatedly to play the court jester by persistently, irresponsibly, and recklessly making all sorts of derogatory comments, totally at variance with good manners and decorum.
“We are in no doubt whatsoever that while he has consistently abused the opportunity of the public audience by making these snide remarks about His Excellency, Peter Obi, and other candidates, he cannot in the least and in any way ever measure up to these his political superiors in integrity, character, and status, not to mention vision, policies and national acceptance.”
Recall that Kanyi Daily reported The APC vice presidential candidate in a TV programme, said, “Osinbajo is a good and nice man but nice men do not make good leaders, nice men should be selling ice cream.
“The training that the elder statesman got from Kano School of Hygiene is that of a ‘wole wole’. And believe me, the ability to sell bottle water does not make one an expert on the economy. Atiku Abubakar is not Abraham Lincoln, he is more of a Raila Odinga.”