👤 By Abdul Tukur
ABUJA — Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano is set to make an announcement about his intentions to run for President of Nigeria, despite glitches to his campaign.
Senator Kwankwaso, who recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC was to announce his plan to join the 2019 presidential race, at the Eagle Square in Abuja tomorrow.
But, the Federal Capital Territory Administration which had granted the use of the Eagle Square managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, reversed an approval granted to the lawmaker at the last minutes.
This meant the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation, KCO no choice but to seek an alternative venue for Wednesday (August 29).
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A letter by the FCTA to Campaign Orgaisation withdrawing the approval claimed that “the event can no longer hold on the said date because it is a political event, and 29th August 2018 happened to be a work day, as it would disrupt the usual workflow of the federal secretariat.”
But the 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.”
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Senator Kwankwaso will now announce his plans to vie for the highest office in the land at Chida Hotel in Utako, Abuja.
Many believe Senator Kwankwaso can defeat President Buhari at the poll, if given the PDP party ticket.
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The former Kano State Governor who has a popular red cap Kwankwasiyya movement came second in a primaries election with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2014.
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But, since the 2015 election President Buhari has lost a lot of good will and has been advised not to seek a second term in office.