- Political banter is allowed among politicians, but what Kashim Shettima does at intervals is to disrespect his opponents
- The APC vice presidential candidate seems to have caustic tongue that spirals out of control whenever he is speaking about his competitors
- Though very brilliant and articulate, the former governor of Borno state seems to occasionally gets excited when throwing darts at his fellow contenders
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FCT, Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima has been in the eyes of the storm three times when he went overboard in his comments about his political opponents.
The former governor of Borno state either deliberately courts controversy with his comments or lacks the emotional intelligence to draw the line between political banter and outright insult.
There are three major occasions in which the senator representing Borno central senatorial district has goofed publicly and they include:
1. 'Popcorn and Ice-cream' comment targeted at Osinbajo'
Few days before the APC presidential primary election, Shettima appeared on a TV programme on Friday, June 3 and insulted Nigeria's number two citizen.
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Shettima said in a rather childish outburst:
“Osinbajo is a good and nice man but nice men do not make good leaders, nice men should be selling ice cream.”
The comment generated outrage among Osinbajo's supporters and Shettima was forced to issue an apology afterwards.
2. 'Bottle water' comment targeted at Atiku
While addressing private sector leaders in Lagos state on Tuesday, November 1, Shettima took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president, Atiku Abubakar, questioning his educational background and also mocking him for being a producer of bottle water.
“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.”
Atiku owns a beverage company with the brand name Faro. Shettima is yet to apologise to the former vice president despite the PDP presidential campaign council asking him to do so.
3. 'Gringori' comment targeted at Peter Obi
In a tribal slur targeted at Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Shettima on Thursday, November 10 turned Obi’s middle name, Gregory into ‘Gringori’, nickname of James Iroha, a pioneer Nigerian comedian now deceased.
“Peter Gringori Obi is my friend but Gringori has absolutely nothing to offer apart from dubious statistics.”
I never claimed to be a poor man, I am comfortable - Peter Obi
Recall that Obi recently gave a hint about his net worth as a successful businessman before joining politics .
The former governor of Anambra state stated unequivocally that he is a millionaire anywhere in the world saying he never claimed to be a poor man as suggested by some of his opponents.
Shettima had accused Obi of glorifying poverty because of the former's reputation as a penny-pinching public official.
2023: It’ll be miracle of the century if Peter Obi wins, says Mamora
On his part, the minister of state for health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has discarded the chances of Obi winning the 2023 presidential election.
According to Mamora, Obi’s candidacy is synonymous with independent candidacy in America which has never produced a president.
Mamora also brushed aside the growing popularity Obi enjoys from labour unions and youths, saying that the same people who are supporting him are also standing behind other candidates.