The People’s Democratic Party has stated that the decision to deny the party the use of its proposed campaign venue in the Federal Capital Territory was a sign of hatred for its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
This was pointed out during a press conference on Saturday. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that “on the 8th February, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government viciously denied the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the use of the already approved venue for our scheduled Presidential campaign mega rally earlier billed for today in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja”.
The party went on to describe the denial of the venue as “part of the last kicks of a dying horse, which the Buhari Presidency now represents”.
The PDP invited the world to note that the latest assault against its candidate “is also borne out of direct ill-will and hatred against him by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as his handlers, who have sought all ways to drag him down, since they realized that Nigerians have reached a consensus on Atiku Abubakar, as the next President of our country”.
The PDP cautioned President Buhari and the APC to note that “with the level of consensus Atiku Abubakar enjoys throughout our country and even across the world, any assault on him is a direct assault on the overall aspiration and sensibilities of Nigerians as a whole”.
The party also averred that the more the Buhari Presidency attacks Atiku Abubakar, the more his support base among Nigerians expands.
“From reports reaching us, it is not also out of place for the Buhari Presidency and the APC to use this measure to test the will of Nigerians as precursor to their rigging plots.
We want to place on record, once again that any attempt to rig the February 16 election will be vehemently resisted by Nigerians, across board, who have reached a consensus to rescue their nation from the stranglehold of the Buhari Presidency”.
The PDP also stated that it will definitely hold its presidential mega rally in Abuja irrespective of any further encumbrance the APC may attempt to foist. “Nigeria belongs to all of us and nobody can stop us from exercising our constitutionally guaranteed right of holding our rally in the FCT or any other part of our country for that matter”, the PDP stated.