- Rabiu Kwankwaso has reportedly been denied access to Abuja’s Eagle Square
- Kwankwaso had proposed to use the venue to declare his intention to run for the presidency
- The federal government reportedly declined to comment on the development
Former Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has reportedly been denied access to Abuja’s Eagle Square. The former governor had proposed to use the venue to declare his presidential bid.
Facility manager of the Abuja International Conference Centre & Eagles Square, Usman Raji said the decision to deny him the Eagle Square was to avoid disruption of “work flow” at the federal secretariat, Premium Times reports.
The news outlet reports further that the letter in which the former governor was denied access to the venue was referenced in a statement made available to them by the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation.
“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 was quoted to have said in the letter.
It was also reported that the Abuja minister, Mohammed Bello, through his spokesperson, Abubakar Sani, refused to comment on the development.
However, in its statement, the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation sees the development: “As 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.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and former Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, said he and others who defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) are regretting their decision to support President Muhammadu Buhari against Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.
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The senator made this statement in Owerri, Imo state, while condemning President Buhari's approach to “revving the nation’s economy”.
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