Supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi have responded to remarks made by vice-presidential candidate Kashim Shettima against their preferred presidential candidate, among other things.
The remarks came after the Labour Party urged the All Progressives Congress to warn Shettima, who claimed on multiple TV shows, “Peter ‘Gringori’ Obi is my buddy, but Gringori has absolutely nothing to give but dub.”
“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.
“Osinbajo is a good and nice man but nice men do not make good leaders, nice men should be selling ice cream.”
On Facebook, Mr Obi’s supporters popularly called ‘Obidents’ berated Shettima as they vow to fire back at him if he continues the war of words.
@Chinyere wrote: “Na dem go first throw shade, if we fire back, them go say OBIdients are toxíc and insultíng.”
@Daniel Wnnermanson: “A man that referred a sitting VP as ice cream seller and you think he will have regard for a common man or authorities? Lol, if you like don’t vote wisely, we’ll all see the film together, himself and his boss, badest combo!”
@Funmi: “Very reckless, coming from someone that couldn’t protect the students that were taken right under his nose.In a sane society, this man ought to be in jail by now.”
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Director-General, Labour Party Campaign Organisation, Dr Doyin Okupe, noted that Shettima made many derogatory remarks which flouted 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.
Okupe was quoted as saying, “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.”