The All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, was accused of suffering from selective amnesia by the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council on Wednesday for allegedly disregarding the turmoil inside the APC in order to attack the PDP nominee, Atiku Abubakar.
This was said in a statement provided to Vanguard on Wednesday by Chief Dele Momodu, Director of Strategic Communication for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council.
He claimed that the Atiku-Okowa campaign was completely astounded by Alhaji Kashim Shettima, the vice presidential candidate for the APC, and his outspoken remarks from yesterday at a gathering in Lagos.
According to him, Shettima gleefully alleged that the “PDP Presidential candidate, H.E Atiku Abubakar (GCON) cannot unite Nigeria when ‘he has not united his own political party”.
In response, Momudu said, “It is our belief that Alhaji Shettima, in a moment of deliberate amnesia, must have tried to point fingers at the specks in another man’s eyes while studiously ignoring the giant logs in his own eyes.
“The APC is in total disarray with prominent members of his party openly apologizing to Nigerians for the unmitigated disaster it has foisted on Nigeria since 2015.
“This is one of the reasons APC members have been migrating in droves to PDP. It took almost forever for APC to achieve the simple task of constituting its Presidential Campaign Council, due to the total lack of unity in their party.
“It is very obvious that APC has become completely rudderless and many self-respecting members are jumping ship and being recovered by PDP.“
The PDP Campaign Director questioned how the APC candidates could ever bring Nigerians together when they had openly expressed contempt for specific ethnic groups’ political and voting rights within their spheres of influence.
He stated that the APC and its candidates are unable to tell Nigerians the truth about anything since everything about them and their candidates is wrapped in mystery. How is it possible to expect Nigerians to have faith in such enigmatic figures?
Momudu said, “Alhaji Shettima alleged that Atiku Abubakar cannot be trusted with the economy of Nigeria. No heresy could be worse than this.
“Nigerians would want to know what businesses the APC candidates have managed personally and successfully except living outlandishly on government booty and largesse.
“Atiku Abubakar started business as a teenager and served meritoriously as a government officer in the Customs where he assisted so many Igbo traders, according to available testimonies. In Atiku’s private life, he remains one of the biggest employers of labour in Nigeria.
“He has brought jobs to Nigerians instead of shipping jobs out. How can APC be expected to guarantee the safety of lives and properties when right under the watch of Alhaji Shettima as Governor of Borno State, Boko Haram became an intractable menace and Nigeria is yet to fully recover till this day?“
The PDP campaign declared that they are still incredibly proud of their forebears, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, and governor Ifianyi Okowa, and that they are fully prepared to free Nigeria from the control of the most inept politicians in the country’s history.