After Powerful Order From Above, Atiku Blocked From PDP Abuja Mega Rally, Venue Shut Down
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday, condemned the reported directive by the Buhari Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to shut down the venue of its Presidential Campaign Mega Rally, in Abuja, billed for Saturday.
It also alleged that the action was borne out of desperation, insisting that nothing can stop it from rallying in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a statement made available to Newsmen, in Abuja.
He added: “It may interest Nigerians to know that the PDP duly paid and secured permission to host our Mega Rally, at the Old Parade Ground, in Garki Area of Abuja, only for the officials of the facility to inform our party this, today, that they have been “ordered” to shut down the venue and frustrate our Mega Rally, for no just cause.
“Such a resort to self-help further exposes the irredeemable insensitivity of the Buhari Presidency and the APC.
“The overwhelming popularity of the people’s Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, which points to an imminent crushing defeat that awaits President Muhammadu Buhari, in the February 16, Presidential election, has pushed the Buhari Presidency into a panic mode.
“President Buhari has always been disheartened and jittery over spontaneous mammoth crowd of Nigerians at Atiku Abubakar’s rallies across the country, leading to the desperation to frustrate our rallies, resort to smear campaigns, vandalising of our campaign materials, and denial of venues in APC controlled States, as was the case in Kano State, recently.
“President Buhari is frustrated because he has failed in governance, and as such, has no message for Nigerians.
“President Buhari daily continues to lose followership in millions to Atiku Abubakar, for which his handlers have now resorted to renting people for his rallies, including Nigerien thugs.
“The Buhari Presidency and APC, would soon realise that the more they fight Atiku Abubakar, the more Nigerians are spurred to queue behind him as the rallying point, in their quest to return our nation to the path of national cohesion and economic prosperity.”
The opposition party therefore, charged Buhari not to allow his handlers to further pitch him against Nigerians.