Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State and vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has described as absurd, the claim by Kashim Shettima, his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, that he would be in charge of security, while Bola Tinubu, the president candidate, will be in charge of the economy if the APC is elected into power in 2023.
Recall that Shettima, who was a panelist at the just concluded Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday last week in Lagos, said he would personally lead the Nigerian military against criminals while his principal, Bola Tinubu, will oversee the economy.
“I have been in the theatre of conflicts for 18 years, I will lead the troops, my principal is an economy wizard who has transformed Lagos into the third largest economy in Africa. He will concentrate on the economy.
“By God’s grace, I will handle the security, and not only handle the security, I will lead the troops to battle across the length and breadth of this country,” he said.
The president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, thus Shettima’s comments continued to generate reactions.
On Sunday, PDP Head of Digital, Anthony Ehilebo, warned that Nigeria cannot afford to leave Shettima, in charge of the nation’s security owing to its antecedents.
Also reacting to the claim in a video shared on social media, Okowa noted that it’s absurd for Shettima to suggest that he would be in charge of security as vice president.
The Delta governor wondered if he would then be the one to preside over security council meeting, instead of the president if they are voted into power.
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