The Labour Party (LP) has accused the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, of flouting the terms of the Peace Accord signed by all 2023 presidential candidates.
LP noted with regret the actions of the former Governor of Borno State, saying that the APC chieftain has continued to make reckless and irresponsible remarks about other presidential candidates, especially its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
It asked the ruling party to caution Shettima to be mindful of his language in addressing other people ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Best News Network understands that LP noted this with disdain in a statement signed by its Director-General Campaign Organisation, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
According to Okupe, Shettima has failed to respect 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.
He 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, 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 using 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.”
Shettima Can Never Measure Up In Integrity With Peter Obi, Others
Okupe added that while Shettima has consistently abused the opportunity of the public audience by making snide remarks about Obi and other candidates, the APC chieftain cannot in the least and in any way ever measure up to his political superiors in integrity, character, and status.
It could be recalled that the former Governor of Borno State had on a live TV programme said swiped at former presidential aspirant and current Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, when he described him as a man who should be selling popcorn and ice cream.
“Osinbajo is a good and nice man but nice men do not make good leaders, nice men should be selling ice cream,” Shettima remarked about Osinbajo.
“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.
“Peter ‘Gringori’ Obi is my friend but Gringori has absolutely nothing to offer apart from dubious statistics,” said Shettima while mocking Atiku and Obi in his presentations.