The Labour Party (LP) has called out the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, for his utterances on the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and other candidates.
In a statement signed by the Director General of the party’s Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, LP expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of Shettima.
Okupe noted that the unguarded utterances of Shettima clearly violate the codes of the national peace accord signed by all political parties.
He described the language used by Shettima as offensive, derogatory and unethical.
Okupe said, “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 the 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 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 Shettima had in one instance said Obi could best be a President in Igboland “but definitely not in Nigeria”, saying “Nigeria is too big for him to handle”.