.As Jonah Jang declares ambition
KELECHI UZOMAH, Owerri, with agency report
Just 24 hours to the highly publicized presidential declaration of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso due to hold at the Eagle Square on Wednesday, the 29th August, 2018, the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has turned down the request earlier approved for some flimsy reasons.
In a letter dated August 27th, 2018 and signed by Usman Mukhtar Raji for the Facility Manager and received on August 28th, 2018 barely 24 hours to the scheduled declaration, the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square, managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd has reversed itself in respect of approval granted the organizers of the declaration of Senator Kwankwaso.
“We at the Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation see the development as a handiwork of the government in power who will not see anything good in growing our fledgling democracy as no level playing field has been created to allow for viable opposition in the country.
“Even at that, earlier Tuesday morning the Abuja International Conference and Eagle Square, managed by the Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd refused us access to inspect the premises demanding us to present a police permit, when actual approval for the use of the Eagle Square has been sought and paid for more than one week to the said declaration.“The above development will in no way dampen our morale to go ahead with the declaration or chicken-out as it will only embolden us to legally pursue our fundamental right to freedom of movement and association”.
On Monday, Kwankwaso visited Imo State and said President Muhammadu Buhari could not improve the nation ’ s economy .He also decried the level of infrastructural deficit in the South -East and called for a change of government at the centre in 2019.Addressing the PDP members in Owerri , the Imo State capital on his consultation visit to the state , Kwankwaso said those who left the PDP in 2014 to support Buhari to emerge as President were disappointed with the current state of the country and its economy .
He expressed belief that his political party, the PDP, would form government at the centre and in many states of the federation, next year.According to him, most Nigerians are fed up with the ruling All Progressives Congress and would be happy seeing PDP return to power.
He said, “I have been in the South- East in the last few days and I want to say that the state of infrastructure in this region is poor. It is either that the government lacks the capacity to improve the economy or something.Electricity is important in this country. The people need a government that will be just and provide jobs for teeming young Nigerians.
“PDP will win elections in 2019. Infrastructure in the South-East is poor. The roads are bad . We will work for the development of this country if Nigerians give us the opportunity.”An elder statesman and Board of Trustees member of the PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, described Kwankwaso as a good material for the office of the President.He urged Nigerians to join the PDP to vote out a government that had failed the country.
The Imo State Chairman of the PDP, Charles Ezekwem, who was represented by his deputy, Martin Ejiogu , said the Igbo would only vote for a presidential candidate that would restructure the country and create an additional state in the region.Meanwhile, Senator Jonah Jang representing Plateau North in the National Assembly has declared his intention to contest the 2019 general elections
This has put to rest the rumour making the rounds for several months that he would run for presidency.It would be recalled that when Jang was detained by the Economic and Financial Crime (EFCC), earlier in the year, political observers alleged that he was being witch hunted by the presidency because of his presidential ambition.
However, on Tuesday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at the People’s Democratic Party Secretariat, the Senator cast the die announcing his intention to run for the number one seat in the country.
“On this special day that the Lord has made, I have come here to make history on behalf of myself, my family, the people of my constituency, Plateau State, the Middle Belt of Nigeria, and the entire nation. I have come to formally and officially announce my interest and decision to join the contest for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming 2019 elections”.
Does this justify the assertion that he was being victimized by the presidency? A political pundit asked.
Consequently, Jang who is also the immediate past governor of Plateau said when he led a team of supporters to the party secretariat that the country is yearning for a leader who will further unite it’s citizens.He said, “I have followed developments in this nation from its pre-colonial political life and the struggle of the founders of our democracy, to independence, and the giant strides made, as well as challenges that followed.
“The dreams of the founders of Nigeria were gigantic, the hopes were huge, but all of them were achievable. While we have come a long way, and we have made huge gains in different sectors, we have also suffered many distressing challenges in our nationhood”, he said.
No fewer than 15 politicians have signified their intention to contest the presidency of Nigeria in 2019 on the platform of PDP.
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