The vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Datti Baba-Ahmed, has sarcastically applauded his counterpart in the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Kashim Shettima, over his “improved dress sense” at public functions.
This is even as he described the former Governor of Borno State as a “morally-bankrupt character” who is out of touch with reality.
The APC vice presidential candidate, who stood in for his principal, Bola Tinubu, was mocked on August 22 for dressing in an oversized suit-and-sneakers combo at the Nigeria Bar Association conference in Lagos.
The development led to a backlash, especially on Twitter where #ShettimaChallenge trended with tweeps making different posts mimicking the senator’s dress sense.
Although Shettima defended his position saying that he deliberately wore the sneakers to shame his critics, his excuse was not enough to dissuade social media critics from dragging him on the blue bird app.
But in a conference held in Abuja on Thursday, Baba-Ahmed, a running mate to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, observed that Shettima had seemingly improved in his dressing lately.
While accusing him of having a penchant for belittling his political opponents urged the former governor to improve his public composure and discipline.
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.”
A livid Baba-Ahmed stated that the ruling party’s strategy against Obi now appeared clearly centred on promoting falsehood, in addition to derogatory personal attacks, because they can find no contentious points of negativity to push.
The LP vice presidential candidate did not also spare the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who he described as introducing unethical standards into his campaign.
He stated, “It is important to underline that oaths of office do not expire with tenure, and hence the comment that the Northern electorate does 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. The truth of the matter is that every Nigerian from anywhere needs a credible and competent president.”