Vice Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Kashim Shettima has explained why he wore sneakers to the 62nd Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference.
Shettima’s attire at the conference elicited a flurry of reactions and birthed a fashion trend on social media platforms tagged — #Shettimachallenge.
Shettima said he wore the sneakers deliberately to “snub at the hostile audience.”
In the now-viral video seen by The Nation, Shettima said he sent a team, who had briefed him that the crowd at the conference was hostile.
According to him: “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 further stated that the NBA conference was largely funded by the Lagos State Government.
“The conference was held at the Eko Hotel, 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 said.