Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kassim Shettima, on June 3 said that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is a nice man who cannot make a good leader.
Shettima said this during an interview on Channels Television while campaigning for the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to win the party’s presidential ticket.
The former Borno governor has officially been confirmed as the running mate to Tinubu following the withdrawal of Kabir Ibrahim Masari as the interim vice-presidential candidate.
Shettima, who is representing Borno Central Senatorial District, had said despite the competence of the Vice President, he is not capable of winning the 2023 presidential election.
The former governor claimed that Osinbajo is also a decent man but cannot defeat the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Shettima claimed that only the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has the intellectual capacity and is capable of winning the election come 2023.
He had said, “Nobody has doubted the competence of Professor Osinbajo. He’s a very cerebral person, but we believe that in terms of intellect, capacity, reach and the ability to move this nation forward, and most importantly, for us to win the upcoming election, the best candidate that the APC has is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“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, and ice cream.
“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.”
Days after the interview, Shettima apologised to the vice president for labelling him as a popcorn and ice cream seller, saying his remarks were misrepresented.
He sad his assessment of Osinbajo was well-intentioned, saying that he never set out to subject the vice president to ridicule and embarrasement.
This article was originally published on Naija News