The president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the last minute cancellation of the approval granted to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to use the Eagle Square for his 2019 presidential declaration.
In a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Saraki stated that the “Eagle Square belongs to all Nigerians” and the cancellation sends a wrong message about the tolerance level in our politics.
“The refusal to allow Senator Kwankwaso to utilize the Eagle Square for his Presidential declaration, despite an earlier approval, sends a wrong message about our democracy, particularly the tolerance level in our politics,” the senate president said.
“That square belongs to all Nigerians because it was built with public funds. We hope this is not what we will be seeing as we approach the 2019 General Elections,” the Senate President said.
Kwakwanso, a former governor of Kano and serving senator, declared his bid for president on Tuesday, at a hotel in Abuja.