The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again kicked against the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal Government for allegedly preventing to hold its presidential rally in Abuja.
The party denied the alleged denial as “part of the last kicks of a dying horse, which the Buhari Presidency now represents.”
The opposition party has however vowed that it will still hold its presidential rally in Abuja not minding any further encumbrance President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC government may attempt to foist.
PDP had in a statement Friday night accused the Federal Government of denying it the use of an “already approved venue” for the presidential campaign rally of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, billed for Saturday, February 9, at Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
But the APC has refuted the PDP’s claim, by saying “The APC does not own the Abuja venue so there is no way we could have denied them access to a place we don’t own and we don’t have control over.
“If there is any truth to what the PDP has said, it is not APC and it is not our policy,” the ruling party said.
However, a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday, PDP insisted that it will reschedule and still hold the presidential rally regardless of any further efforts to stop it.
It said APC’s alleged move to frustrate of its Saturday campaign was “part of the last kicks of a dying horse, which the Buhari Presidency now represents.”
“It is part of the plot by the frustrated President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to drag the PDP and the people’s candidate to their low level of frustration in order to enmesh the coming election into crisis so as to achieve their self-succession bid.
“We invite the world to note that this latest assault against the people’s 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.
“However, any further attack on our campaign will therefore attract very dire response from Nigerians who look up to Atiku Abubakar to salvage our dear nation from the social, economic and political despondency, which President Buhari has plunged her into.
“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.
“In any case, let it be known to President Buhari and the APC that the PDP and the people’s candidate will definitely hold our Presidential mega rally in Abuja irrespective of any further encumbrance they 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.”