Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had on Tuesday, tossed a subtle shade at Senator Kashim Shettima, the All Progressives Congress (APC), vice-presidential candidate, when he revisited the drama between him and Shettima, as he jovially labelled him the chairman of the “Osinbajo Ice Cream Company”.
Osinbajo said this when he took over the podium to give his speech during the launch of a book titled, “Deputizing and Governance in Nigeria’, authored by the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, at the Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja.
“…Distinguished Kashim Shettima, who is also the majority shareholder and chairman of the Yemi Osinbajo ice cream company,” the vice-president, who was the special guest of honour at the event, jokingly said.
In June, Shettima had labelled the vice president as an ice cream seller while trying to play down his political relevance in the North in his interview on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Television programme.
The former governor had described Osinbajo, in the build-up to the presidential primary, as a decent man who should be selling popcorn and ice cream.
“Osinbajo is a good man; he’s a nice man. But nice men do not make good leaders, because nice men tend to be nasty. Nice men should be selling popcorn, ice cream,” he said at the time.
“But he’s a very decent person. I can’t doubt that. He’s my personal friend and I’ll rather not comment on his person. But he’s a very decent man. That I can tell you.”
The comment had stirred varied reactions from Nigerians, while an ice cream stand was also a feature at the venue of the APC presidential primary in June.
However, Shettima would later apologise for the comment in a series of tweets that same month.