2019: FG Stops Kwankwaso From Using Eagles Square
After the denial of his request to use the Eagle Square for his declaration for the presidency, a former governor of Kano State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has vowed to launch his bid On Wednesday.
Kwankwaso is seeking to contest the ticket of the PDP ahead of the party primaries.
The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation said it received a letter dated August 27, 2018, on Tuesday 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 organisers 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.
Some political associates of Kwankwaso, however, said nothing would stop their boss from declaring his presidential ambition on Wednesday.
The spokesperson of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Binta Spikin, said that despite the alleged orders by the police to stop the declaration, Kwankwaso would definitely declare his presidential ambition today [Wednesday].
Binta Spikin said no amount of intimidation would stop the scheduled presidential declaration.
The event would now hold at Chida Hotel.