Authorities of the federal capital territory (FCT) have denied former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the use of the popular eagle square and International conference centre (ICC) both in Abuja city, for his formal declaration for the office of president in the 2019 elections.
Kwankwaso, currently representing Kano central in the Nigerian senate had reportedly paid and obtained approval for the use of either of the facilities.
In what appears a last minute ditch, senator Kwankwaso confirmed on Tuesday through his verified twitter handle that he has been given a red card to keep off the eagle square and ICC as both facilities have been sealed up by the authorites.
a former starlwart of the ruling all progressives congress, APC, Kwankwaso had last month along with 13 other senators defected to the main opposition Peoples democratic party (PDP) through which he hopes to achieve his presidential ambition.
In a swift reaction, The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation, in a statement expressed disappointment that the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) suddenly turned down the request earlier approved “for some flimsy reasons”
It said: “In a letter dated August 27th, 2018 and signed by Usman Mukhtar Raji for the Facility Manager and received on August 28th, 2018 barely 24 hours to the scheduled declaration, the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square, managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd has reversed itself in respect of approval granted the organizers of the declaration of Senator Kwankwaso.
“We at the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation 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.”
Authorities of the FCTA are yet to issue an official statement on the withdrawal of the approval for the use of either of the facilities earlier granted to the former Kano state governor.