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•It’s part in series of 2019 scheme by a Northern aspirant
•Impersonator says he in PDP while Shettima is of APC
The Governor Kashim Shettima’s voice is totally different from the voice of a telephone caller who admitted being a PDP member, in a 20 minutes conversation between two impersonators of the Borno Governor and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun circulated online since Sunday night.
A clarification was issued by Governor Shettima through his spokesman, Isa Gusau from Maiduguri on Monday.
In the clarification, Gusau said, a video of Governor Shettima speaking to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was attached alongside audio of the 20 minutes and 38 seconds telephone conversation for the purpose of comparisons by listeners. The two voices were clearly different.
According to him, unknown persons circulated the audio claiming it was a conversation between Governors Shettima and Amosun.
“The caller who is being presented as Governor Shettima speaks very fast as against the relatively slower tone of Shettima. The caller’s didn’t have any Kanuri accent whereas Governor Shettima has some Kanuri accent. The caller had at the opening of his 20 minutes conversation with a so called Governor Amosun, first introduced himself as a PDP member whereas Governor Shettima is known to be in the APC.
“Also in the conversation, the caller addresses his recipient as ‘Kunle’ with no respectful prefix of ‘Your Excellency’ as Shettima is known to be using in most of his conversations with fellow Governors. The caller went ahead to contradict himself as he promotes and at the same time castigate Buhari while also insulting National Leaders that include the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and also insulting people of the entire southeast. The entire aim is to cast set up the leaders against Governor Shettima and also incite Nigerians from the southern part of Nigeria against him” Gusau explained.
Shettima’s spokesman noted that the latest plot is part of series of strategies being deployed by a particular northern Nigerian who aspires to contest the 2019 Presidency and is waging war against some Governors including Shettima.
“We are aware that one particular presidential aspirant from the north has declared a war of mischief to destroy some persons including Governor Kashim Shettima. Late last week, a group working for him came up with some series of questions claiming they were produces of a paper delivered by one Professor Ahmad Isah Harun who is non-existent. The questions were all direct attacks on the reputation of Governor Shettima. This week, the group followed up with a stage-managed telephone conversation. Funny enough, they got someone whose voices didn’t even have the slightest similarity with that of Governor Shettima. They also got someone who spoke incoherently. We believe more of these mischief will come as the aspirant for whatever reason, sees Shettima as his major problem even when the Governor has neither indicated interest for the 2019 Presidential elections nor has he the resources to prosecute such as ambition. We however like the remind the aspirant that he should never mistake Governor Shettima’s humility for weakness. Governor Shettima may appear soft on the outside but he is a tough bed that has survived far bigger onslaught including Boko Haram. The Governor has survived moments when a sitting President with all his powers and machinery couldn’t pull him down. He was able to politically neutralize a big politician who is today the only problem of an opposition political party. He has survived different conspiracy theories and we are sure minor intrigues like the ones being deployed in the name of politics will also come to pass like those before them”, Gusau said.
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