The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government or any individual cannot stop its Presidential mega rally from holding in Abuja and other parts of the country.
PDP had scheduled its Abuja Mega rally for Saturday, at Old Parade ground.
But the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), acting on ‘order from above’ allegedly denied the party access to the venue.
Consequently, the party was forced to stand down its Abuja campaign and postponed to a day yet to be announced.
Addressing journalists, PDP National Publicity Secretary and Director Media and Publicity of its presidential campaign organization, Kola Ologbondiyan explained: “On the 8th of 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.
Ologbondiyan who described the act as the last kicks of a dying horse, said: “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,” he said.
He cautioned President Buhari and the APC that with the level of consensus Atiku Abubakar enjoys throughout our country and even across the world, any assault on him was direct assault on the overall aspiration and sensibilities of Nigerians as a whole.
Ologbondiyan also warned: “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.”
On the next Saturday Presidential election, he said: “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,” he insisted.