After being denied usage of the Abuja Eagle Square, former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has announced a new venue for his formal presidential declaration.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, said the ceremony will now hold at Chida Hotel in Utako, Abuja.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant was denied use of the Eagle Square a public open facility used for such gathering.
Authorities maintaining the facility had, after initially granting him access, denied him usage of the venue; a move believed to be to checkmate the former Kano governor.
See reactions from different quarters calling out the act as a threat to democracy, and directly fingering the federal government as the one behind the reversal.
The refusal to allow Senator Kwankwaso’s campaign to utilize Eagle Square for his declaration, despite an earlier approval, sends a wrong message about our democracy, particularly the tolerance level in our politics. Eagle Square belongs to all Nigerians.
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 29, 2018
You cannot stop Rabiu Kwankwaso by preventing him from declaring his intention to run for the Presidency at Eagle Square and sealing the place up.
By doing that you have only made him stronger and more popular.Whoever @OfficialPDPNig fields will beat you hands down in February.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) August 29, 2018
A single thread runs through Buhari's statement on Rule of law, Kwankwaso's venue denial, and rejection of PIG Bill
And it is Autocracy.
Autocratic leaders believe that Supreme power must be vested on them. They don't understand the need for checks and balance.
— Ebube D Statesman (@akaebube) August 29, 2018
“Denying Kwankwaso the use of both Eagle Square and the Old Parade Ground for his presidential declaration is another low for this government. As usual, over-zealous PMB-supporters are giving excuses, most of them silly”- Nura Alkali @dadiyata
— Ibrahim Mohammad (@Mu_axxam) August 29, 2018