The All Progressives Congress (APC) Vice presidential candidate, Mr Kashim Shettima, had in an instance made derogatory comments about Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
Shettima said, “Obi could best be a President in Igboland “but definitely not in Nigeria”, adding that “Nigeria is too big for him to handle.”
Reacting to this, Labour Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (LPPCO), on Saturday, 12 November, in a statement issued by the LPPCO director general, Dr Doyin Okupe, kicked against Shettima’s comments, consequently asked APC to call their VP candidate to order.
Okupe’s statement read, “Our political parties are all signatories to the National Peace Accord supervised by General Abdulsalami Abubakar , National Peace Committee Chairman, and 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 will 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.
“We here emphasize that, strictly in line with the directives of our presidential candidate, His Excellency, Peter Obi, to keep the campaign engagement and rhetoric, civil and issue based, we have resisted his sustained diatribe, and could not bring ourselves to his dirt level, to respond to him in like manner.
“However, it must be placed on record that this does not represent a lack of capacity to publicly take him on.
“At this juncture, Labour Party Presidential Campaign Organisation will like to advise the APC to rein in and restrain its vice presidential candidate from further uncouth and unguarded language against our candidate and all other candidates in this race.
“It can be understood that he is still basking in the euphoria of having been nominated to the exalted position of the vice presidential candidate of a party, which ordinarily could never have occurred in an environment of strict adherence to best practices and where due attention is paid to pedigree and known antecedents.
“For a fact, in other civilized climes, a presidential election is a serious process of responsibility to the people, and should not become an arena for display of verbal hooliganism.
“We will like to remind Shettima that those who make their living in glass houses should not have stone throwing as their hobby.
“A word should be enough for the wise.”