Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
FIVE days after his misadventure to the Bold Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos, Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, says he deliberately dressed the way he did to snub at the hostile crowd.
He made the disclosure in a video posted on Twitter, on Friday.
Mr Shettima said he had sent an advance team who had briefed him before hand that the crowd at the conference was hostile.
Stonix News reports that the former governor of Borno State was the butt of internet jokes after the photograph of him wearing gym shoes on his loose-fitted suit hit the Nigerian Twittersphere.
He represented the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu at the event which held on Monday.
Consequently, the outfit of the vice presidential candidate birthed a fashion trend spearheaded by GenZ tagged ‘#Shettimachallenge.
Mr Shettima, a former banker, said he used his experience as a former banker to distract the audience with his choice of sneakers.
According to him, one of the presidential candidates, which he did not name, allegedly sponsored agents to create mischief.
“When I sent my recon team, one of the presidential candidates, he funded his agents, they held meeting for three nights consequently, to plan mischief.
“When I was told that it was a hostile crowd – I am a banker, trained by one of the best bankers in the world. I am a Jim Ovia boy – I deliberately wore sneakers to snub at them,” he claimed.
Mr Shettima further claimed that the NBA conference was largely funded by the Lagos State Government.
“The conference was held at the Eko Hotels, which was largely funded by the Lagos State Government.
“Subsequently, they moved to Atlantic City, a product of an idea by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,” he claimed.