- Popular PDP chieftain in Oyo state, Ismaila Ashipa, said a former APC senator from Lagos gifted him a "branded BAT palm sandal"
- Ashipa who thanked the senator, however, said he won't use the sandals which is a means of promoting the APC presidential candidate, Tinubu
- The PDP chieftain said he is "Atikulated", meaning that he is backing former vice president Atiku Abubakar to win in 2023
BAT is coined from the initials of the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The eight shape on the sandals is engraved in Tinubu's custom cap style which he has been using for years.
"Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has rocked his specially engraved, sideways facing, number eight caps for years. No one else wears anything close to it.
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"It has so often been said that the oval shaped eight on the cap match his glasses; a sure way of slaying effortlessly," Daily Independent wrote in a 2018 report.
The PDP chieftain said he is backing former vice president Atiku Abubakar to emerge Nigeria's president in 2023.
He shared a photo of the gift with the caption:
"Won't Need It. But Thanks.
I opened a Jummia delivery box just now to unwrap a gift, a branded BAT palm sandal, sent by a brotherly friend (APC) from Lagos state, an ex Senator (you should know him).
"I appreciate the taunt but disappointedly, I won't wear them. Thanks but I am still Atikulated."
Reactions trail PDP chieftain's statement
Some Facebook users have reacted to Ashipa's comment about the gift.
Adebayo Mutalubi Ojo said:
"Baba Ashipa, pls send it to me. I will wear it."
Adekola Ade said:
"My mentor, taking of gift and using it can not change your perspective,but I know you , you flow with your conscience, I am sure that by the time you are convinced that BAT means well for Nigerians ,you will champion his cause, you are never a man that shies away from his opinion."
Dapson Abiodun David said:
"Wooing by trick(BAT branded slippers) Baba knows his onions!"
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Reacting to the name callings from some people on social media, veteran actor Olaiya Igwe in a phone conversation with a Nigerian in America named Lekan Ogunyemi, declared he is a Yoruba man and would not leave Tinubu to support another candidate from another tribe.
“When I was sick, at the point of death, it was Tinubu’s wife Remi Tinubu who took me to the hospital, paid all my bills, was even arranging for US trip for me until I became healthy again," Olaiya who spoke in Yoruba language said.