The Federal Capital Territory Administration has withdrawn an earlier approval granted to Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to use the Eagle Square for his formal presidential declaration for the Peoples Democratic Party ticket in the 2019 elections.
This came barely 24 hours before the commencement of the event which was scheduled to take place at the square. A statement from the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation in Abuja, on Monday, said the FCTA administration had earlier granted it permission to use the facility only to change its mind hours to the event.
The campaign organisation’s statement partly read, “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 the approval granted the organisers of the declaration of Senator Kwankwaso. “We at the Kwankwaso Campaign Council see the development as a handiwork of the government in power who will not see anything good in growing our fledgeling democracy as no level-playing field has been created to allow for the viable opposition in the country. “Even at that, earlier on 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.” Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running a dictatorial government by allegedly allowing the police to stop Kwankwaso from using Eagles Square.