In another astonishing development in the polity, Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano governor, was on Wednesday denied the use Eagle Square and the Abuja International Conference for his presidential declaration.
This was contained in a letter signed by Usman Mukhtar Raji for the facility manager of Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd – the company managing both the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square.
While the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation dismissed the reason given for the decision as the “handiwork of the government in power”, Nigerians across the board have rejected to the turn of events, with many seeing it as a threat to democracy.
Senate president Bukola Saraki condemned the decision, saying the Eagles Square belongs to all Nigerians, while former Vice-President and 2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar warned of the dangers inherent in such a move.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter…
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
The last minute cancellation of an approval granted @RMKwankwaso is unfortunate. On October 15, 2014, under the @officialPDPNig led administration, then presidential aspirant; @MBuhari, declared for President at Eagle Square with no hindrance whatsoever. This was a work day.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 29, 2018
Needless drama! They should’ve just let Kwankwaso use Eagle Square for his declaration.
— Maryam Abubakar (@mareeyama) August 29, 2018
Kwankwaso got approval and paid to use Eagle Square for his declaration rally yet Buhari sent police to seal the place today. When we call Buhari an unrepentant tyrant, this is what we mean. pic.twitter.com/ZZBcMpCwSd
— Adeyanju Deji 🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) August 28, 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
They can stop Kwankwaso from using the Eagle square but they can't stop us from using our PVCs against them. Tyrants.
— Ibrahim Suleiman Ochu (@Soolay_Ochu) August 28, 2018
Kwankwaso, wrongfully, denied GEJ use of the Race Course in 2014. Was a bad decision.
Same bad decision of denying him use of Eagle Square can't change destiny.
He's bound to fail, so what's big deal in him using the square.
But then, pettiness is constitutional 🤷🏾♂️
— LYL (@lylawal) August 29, 2018
I think any Nigerian Citizen should be able to use the Eagle Square irrespective of anything 🤷♀️🤔
— MainChic (@Fun___boss) August 29, 2018
Meanwhile, the Kwankwaso declaration was later rescheduled at the Chinda Hotel and the Kwankwasiya movement are making sure their voice is heard…
Eagle Square is a mindset… They denied us access to theirs, we created ours!!!
— MASE KENNEDY (@D_LittleOne) August 29, 2018
Buhari ran because of this massive crowd… pic.twitter.com/yuYpDCNWbe
— PDP Visionary Crusaders (PVC) (@YourPVC) August 29, 2018
They can stop Kwankwaso from using the Eagle square
but they can't stop us from using our PVCs against
— Tha Tinted Alhaji (@gmaster4real) August 29, 2018