On Tuesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo caused a stir when he jokingly revisited the drama between him and All Progressives Congress Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, labeling the latter as the chairman and major shareholder of his ice-cream-producing company.
When he took the podium to deliver his speech at the book launch of Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, at the Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja, Osinbajo cast a shadow on the former governor.
In an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today,’ Shettima referred to the vice president as an ice cream vendor while attempting to downplay his political importance in the North.
In the run-up to the presidential election, the former governor, a close ally and current running mate of APC Presidential Candidate Bola Tinubu described Osinbajo as a decent man who should be selling popcorn and ice cream.
Shettima also claimed on the same program that Senate President Ahmad Lawan cuts the image of a tomato trader who lacks the ability to confront PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Although he apologized to both parties two days after the news broke, the drama left an indelible mark on Nigerians’ minds.
It came as no surprise, then, when the vice president brought up the subject again after the two met again.
“I welcome the vice presidential candidate who is running on the platform of the APC, Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima, who is also the majority shareholder and chairman of Yemi Osinbajo Ice Cream Company,” an ecstatic Osinbajo teased.
As the audience roared with laughter at the joke, a blushing Shettima squirmed uncomfortably in his seat on the sidelines.
When he took over the microphone, a repentant Osinbajo acknowledged the presence of the special guests, including Osinbajo, whom he described as a “very nice man.”
Former Vice President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Kashim Shettima, and his successor in Borno State, Babagana Zulum, were among those in attendance.
While it is true that Osinbajo and Jonathan had a good relationship with the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua, not many vice presidents and deputy governors had such a good relationship with their superiors.