Former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has been reportedly denied access to the Abuja Eagle Square for his formal declaration of his presidential ambition.
According to reports, authorities also denied him access to the Old Parade Ground for the event which is supposed tohold today.
Usman Raji, the facility manager of the Abuja International Conference Centre and Eagles Square, said that the reason for the denial was to avoid disruption of work flow at the Federal Secretariat.
“We are sorry to inform you that the event can no longer hold on the said date because it is a political event and the 29th of August, 2018 happens to be a work day, as it would disrupt the usual work flow of the Federal Secretariat.
“We apologise for the oversight on our part to note the date in relation to the nature of the event. We regret every inconvenience caused by this.” Raji said in the letter to Kwankwaso’s team.
The Kwankwaso Presidential Campaign Committee, noted that it “sees 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.”
Consequently, the Kwankwaso Campaign team has announced a new venue for the event.
The senator’s spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, told Premium Times that the ceremony will now hold at Chida Hotel in Utako, Abuja.
Senator Kwankwaso recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to his former party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A move his successor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, who he has been having issues with noted means nothing to the people of Kano State.
In 2014 during the APC presidential primary election, Kwankwaso came second behind General Muhammadu Buhari, who eventually won the 2015 presidential election against Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.