The Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kashim Shettima has hit out at both the flagbearers of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Shettima tore into them at Eko Hotels and Suites on Tuesday where his principal, Bola Ahmed, met with the business community and the organised private sector in Lagos.
Speaking on the suitability of Tinubu for the presidency, the former Borno governor said, Obi and Atiku lacked the wherewithal to make Nigeria a better place, claiming that while the Labour candidate’s experience borders on “packaging bottle water”, the PDP candidate has limited horizon as a “wole wole”, a Yoruba name for Sanitary Inspector.
His word, “This man seated here is one of the most demonised Nigerians but take it from me, the true hallmark of leadership is not the ability to carry a bag of cement. We are not preparing for the Olympics, but an institution that relies on a field of ideas and tracks records and shows me, I dare to challenge you, show me among the people vying for the presidency of this country who has the experience, track record and of course, who has the intellect to catapult this nation to a higher pedestal.
“Leadership goes beyond glamourising poverty. We won’t glamourise poverty, we tackle poverty. I won’t tell you I have two pairs of shoes or I have a single wristwatch. Leadership goes beyond spewing dubious statistics or showcasing a mediocre performance as the governor of Anambra State. I respect Atiku Abubakar, but leadership goes beyond high-scale antics. A man who can’t unite his party, I wonder how he can unite a country.
“We are talking about artificial intelligence or big data or nanotechnology, but the training that an elder statesman got from Kano School of Hygiene was that of wole wole. The ability to sell bottled water doesn’t make one an expert on the economy. My parting shot is that Atiku Abubakar is not Abraham Lincoln; he is Ralia Odinga and come May next year, we are going to permanently retire the political tourists to Dubai.”