Atiku Abubakar’s resistance to the implementation of Sharia law throughout the region, according to All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate Kashim Shettima, should compel northerners to reject him.
Speaking to party members at an APC local government meeting, Mr. Shettima urged the northern electorate to vote against Mr. Abubakar on February 25 because he opposed the region’s Islamic legal system.
Mr. Shettima addressed his audience in Hausa, saying, “This person you call your own says you should not call him Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but merely Atiku Abubakar. “Your person says he is the only person that fights against Sharia in the north. Is that your person?”
The comments made by the APC vice presidential candidate are his most recent effort to stir ethno-religious sentiments against the PDP presidential candidate.
In the past, Mr. Shettima publicly challenged Mr. Abubakar to name eight persons he has mentored in the North or the capital projects he completed there when he was Nigeria’s vice president from 1999 to 2007. This was done at the Emir Palace in Daura, Katsina.
Mr Shettima told his audience that Mr Abubakar’s presidency would not serve the North’s ethno-religious interests.