Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso Northeast Support Group slammed President Muhammadu Buhari after the denial of his request to use the Eagle Square for his declaration for the presidency.
President of the group, Alhaji Mahmood Iiyasu stated that “Buhari is not in total control of his government only presidential cabals mis- direct him. If not, how can a sitting President deny Senator Kwankwaso venue to enable him declare his presidential ambition? It’s clear that the APC administration has lost popularity.”
The group alleged that, “The judiciary and security apparatus are now agents of intimidation and political arm placed to canvass votes for Buhari in 2019 and same is being used to deny Kwankwaso venue of presidential declaration. It’s a shame,”.
Mr Kwankwaso, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP had announced Wednesday as the day for the event.
The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation said it received a letter dated August 27, 2018 yesterday and signed by Usman Mukhtar Raji for the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, the Facility Manager that managed the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square barely 24 hours to the scheduled presidential declaration, reversing itself in respect of approval granted the organizers of the event.
“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 fledgling 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,” the organisation said.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) ordered the police to seal the Eagle Square because they were afraid of the crowd that would grace the Kano State former governor’s declaration for presidency today. The First Spokesman of the CUPP and National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja, that the act of preventing opposition leaders from holding such events was shameful and undemocratic.
Similarly, some political associates of Senator Kwankwaso said yesterday that nothing would stop their boss from declaring his presidential ambition today. The spokesperson of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Hajiya Binta Spikin, said that despite the alleged orders by the police to stop the declaration, Kwankwaso would definitely declare his presidential ambition today.
The event would hold at Chida Hotel.