By Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) and Cornelius Essen (Abuja)
Kwankwanso denied access to Eagles Square
A Presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sule Lamido, yesterday cautioned that re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term could spell doom for youths and the country’s future generations.
He stated this while addressing PDP supporters on his readiness to contest the 2019 presidential elections in Maiduguri, Borno State.
His words: “The Nigerian youths are the most at risk, because they have no future and good morals of becoming leaders of tomorrow. If I am elected President next year, the Nigerian economy will be revamped to surpass Buhari’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP).
“Unemployment, poverty, insecurity of lives and property, Boko Haram insurgency, cattle rustling, as well as herdsmen and farmers clashes will be addressed head on to restore peace and unity in the country.”
He noted that if Nigerians were not careful in electing a credible person; irrespective of ethnic, religion and political affiliations and ready to effect change, the masses would continue to suffer unemployment, poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment.
He alleged that Buhari’s administration has brought poverty and unemployment among 90 million youths, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a party of hate and frustration.
Meanwhile, a few hours to the declaration of his presidential bid, former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, was prevented from using the Eagles Square facility in Abuja, which was previously approved for him.
Kwankwaso recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Although the presidential declaration was scheduled for today, it is still unclear if Kwankwaso will proceed with the event as earlier announced.
In a letter signed by Manager of the Abuja International Conference Centre and Eagles Square, Usman Mukhtar Raji, the authorities hinged the decision to deny the PDP presidential aspirant access to the venue on the need to avoid disruption of ‘work flow’ at the Federal Secretariat, a major hub of civil servants.
Reacting to the development, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said payments have been made before the declaration venue was cancelled at the eleventh hour.
While accusing the police of sealing off the venue on the grounds that events are not held at the Eagles Square on weekdays, spokesperson of the coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere, cited four instances where events had taken place during the same period.
Source: Guardian Newspaper