The much anticipated presidential ambition declaration by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was confronted with a great challenge yesterday as the Federal Government cancelled the initial approval which has been given to him to use the Eagles Square for the event.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, the development was disclosed in a statement endorsed by the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation.
The statement alleged that the Federal Government did not give any cogent reason for rejecting the request just twenty-four hours before the event has been scheduled to take place.
According to the statement: “Just 24 hours to the highly publicized presidential declaration of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso due to hold at the Eagle Square on Wednesday, the 29th August 2018, the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has turned down the request earlier approved for some flimsy reasons.”
“In a letter dated August 27th, 2018 and signed by Usman Mukhtar Raji for the Facility Manager and received on August 28th, 2018 barely 24 hours to the scheduled declaration, the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square, managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd has reversed itself in respect of approval granted the organizers of the declaration of Senator Kwankwaso.”
“We at the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation see the development as a handiwork of the government in power who will not see anything good in growing our fledgeling democracy as no level playing field has been created to allow for viable opposition in the country.”
“Even at that, earlier Tuesday morning the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square, managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd refused us access to inspect the premises demanding us to present a police permit, when actual approval for the use of the Eagle Square has been sought and paid for more than one week to the said declaration.”
“The above development will in no way dampen our morale to go ahead with the declaration or chicken-out as it will only embolden us to legally pursue our fundamental right to freedom of movement and association.”