- The opposition party on Saturday, February 9, announced its decision to stand down its mega rally in Abuja
- The party said its decision followed the refusal to grant the party venue of the rally
- According PDP's spokesperson, the party regrets the inconveniences caused by the action of the presidency and APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its Presidential Mega Rally, earlier scheduled for Saturday, February 9 in Abuja.
In a statement issued by the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday, February 9, in Abuja, PDP said the decision followed the refusal to grant the party venue of the rally.
Ologbondiyan said that the party had earlier scheduled its Lagos Mega Rally for the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the All Progressives Congress (APC) came up with the same date “forcing PDP campaign to opt for Abuja.”
He said: “This is in spite of the fact that the PDP had made payments to the authorities and obtained official approval to host the mega rally at the Old Parade Ground, Garki, Abuja.”
He, however, expressed hope that the Lagos rally scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, would be allowed to hold.
The PDP spokesperson further appreciated the commitment of Nigerians, particularly, those who had already converged on Abuja for the mega rally.
“While we regret the inconveniences caused by the action of the Presidency and APC, a rescheduled date for the rally will be communicated soon.”
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"PDP holds that these provocative actions, instead of deterring Nigerians from their determination to vote out the APC on Feb 16, has only succeeded in spurring more compatriots to support the people’s candidate Atiku Abubakar, to victory," Ologbondiyan said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Lagos, for continuation of his re-election campaign in the February 16, presidential election.
Buhari and his entourage landed at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, at 10.13 am on Saturday, February 9, amid tight security.
The President arrived aboard a Nigerian Air Force Boeing aircraft with registration number 5N-FGT to a rousing welcome by All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains and supporters.
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