The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the news of the denial of use of Eagle Square of Rabiu Kwankwaso for his presidential declaration.
The former Kano State governor had criticised the federal government for being behind the last- minute decision of the facility managers to reverse its initial approval of the use of the location even after payment had been made.
The Eagle Square management said their reversal was because the event was to hold a work day (today), with the likelihood of causing severe traffic.
Reacting, the APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, however says, contrary to fingers pointed at its direction, it is not to blame.
“We frown at mischievous attempts in some quarters to blame the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the inability of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential contestant to secure the Eagles Square for his declaration,” Nabena said.
The party read in the media reasons given by the facility managers of the Abuja International Conference Centre and Eagles Square not to allow campaigns in its facility on Wednesday to avoid disruption of work flow at the federal secretariat, the main hub of civil servants in Abuja. Hence the allegation is unnecessary and misplaced. We should not be dragged into a private transaction involving entities we have no business with.
“In any case, the 2019 elections will not be won by cheap campaign ground antics but actual votes from the Nigerian electorate who are wise and know who is working in their interest. Never again will we return governance of our dear country to the hands of those that selfishly have held us back for years.”