Senator Kashim Shettima tender apology to Osinbajo, Lawan

The Director-General of the Bola Tinubu campaign organization has tendered an unreserved apology to the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan respectively.

The former Governor of Borno state, tender the apology through his verified media handles, saying his Channels Tv interview was taken out of context.

You will recall he granted an interview on Channels TV, where he said, "good men don't make good leaders, good men are nasty, and should sell popcorn...".

Since he made such statements, the media has been washed by different stories entirely depicting him making fun of the Vice President, and the Senate President respectively. 

The press release was to come clean, and open as to what he said, and not.

The statement reads, "When I appeared on Channels TV last Thursday amidst the tension rippling through our political arena, it was to underline the promise Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's presidential bid held for those yet to establish the certainty of the hurdle ahead of the All Progressive Congress."

He further that, he never sought to denigrate any aspirants, not when they were even his allies and friends, "I never set out to denigrate the personality of any aspirant and not that of my dear friends and allies. None of them is an opponent, so their aspiration isn’t a threat to us."

"They appear so in the sprint to become the party’s presidential flag-bearer in the 2023 elections, but they are our allies in the marathon."

2. My assessments of the Vice President, Prof Osinbajo, and the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, were well-intentioned.

I never set out to subject them to ridicule but, rather, to stir up interest in the contrasting virtues of the cast of aspirants putting up a fight against my preferred aspirant, one most favored and advantaged to guarantee APC’s victory in the forthcoming presidential election.

3. The interpretations of my remarks on Prof Osinbajo and Senate President, Senator Lawan are, thus, being done literally and overblown.

My words weren’t woven to portray them as unworthy aspirants, but merely to qualify them as non-threatening contenders.

I, however, take full responsibility for my utterances and wish to appeal to our teeming supporters to neither take my words out of their metaphoric contexts nor interpret them as a measure and declaration of hostility towards my dear friends and allies.

4. I hereby tender my unreserved apologies to the Vice President and the President of the Senate for the unintended pains my jibes might have caused them and their families and supporters.

5. As we approach the finishing line of this tense political race, I’m not unaware of who the actual opponents are.

A divided house, even if in the assumptions and imaginations of supporters with a distant grasp of our relationships with other aspirants, is the last impression we wish to create among Nigerians.

6. I want this to be taken as an appeal to our supporters across all political camps to build bridges and mend fences as the actual journey is just about to begin. Victory, for the discerning, has always been the first lap of the race. 

Thank you for your understanding, Senator Kashim Shettima concludes.

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