Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has come under fire from the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, who called him a political tourist.
Shettima made this statement on Tuesday in Lagos, during the APC’s presentation of its platform to the organized private sector and business community.
Shettima contends that just because Atiku can sell water bottles does not automatically qualify him as an expert in the field of economics.
Recall that Atiku is the owner of the Faro beverage firm.
Atiku’s certificate from the Kano School of Hygiene, according to Shettima, only entitles him to the position of “wole wole,” which is Yoruba for “sanitation inspection officer.”
Shettima criticized Raila Odinga for his history of losing presidential elections and claimed that the PDP candidate was not the former American president Abraham Lincoln but rather Raila Odinga, who is known for having lost multiple presidential elections in Kenya.
He said,“I respect Atiku Abubakar but leadership goes beyond ‘unstatesman-like’ ranting. Someone who cannot unite his own party, I wonder how he is going to unite this nation. The world is talking of artificial intelligence, of big data, of nanotechnology. 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. Next year, we are going to permanently retire the political tourist back to Dubai.”