2023: Adamawa denies Buhari, APC use of campaign venue

Posted by News Express | 7 January 2023 | 829 times

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The Adamawa State Government has turned down a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for the use of the state owned Ribadu Square in Yola,the state capital for the All Progressives Congress (APC)  presidential campaign on  Monday.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said   the square is currently undergoing renovation.

Buhari is scheduled to lead his party’s campaign in the state,according to the updated  timetable released  by the  Chief Spokesperson and Director of Public Affairs, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN).
Adamawa is one of the “at least 10 states” where Buhari is expected to join the APC presidential campaign train.

Buhari’s Chief of Staff,Professor Ibrahim Gambari, had earlier notified the state government of the planned visit of the President on that day to participate  in the APC  rally at Ribadu Square.

But in a reply to the Presidency letter,the  Secretary to the State Government,Alhaji Bashiru Ahmad,  said the facility which is owned by the state  would be unavailable on Monday.

He cited renovation of the centre as reason for its unavailability.

Ahmad in the reply to the Presidency letter said: “I write to acknowledge your letter ref. SH/COS/28/16/A/793 dated 3” January, 2023 addressed to His Excellency, the Governor, in respect of the above subject matter.

“It is with utmost joy that we always welcome the news of a visit by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Adamawa State and always prepare to accord him a rousing welcome with the highest level of respect notwithstanding political party differences.

“Please note that, on this proposed visit that is scheduled for 9 January, 2023 and considering the purpose of the visit which is rally, the only befitting place (Ribadu Square) that is secured enough to host Mr. President, on occasions like this, and the surrounding infrastructural facilities are under extensive renovation. We, therefore, write to inform you that, much as we would want to provide a place befitting to receive Mr. President, we are constrained because we cannot guarantee the readiness of Ribadu Square before the due date of the flag-off. However, we are working round the clock and racing against time, along with the contractors, to get the place fairly ready to receive the President on the 18 January, 2023 when the presidential campaign train of the APC berths in our state.

“Sir, while hoping that you will take seriously the foregoing in your planning, accept, as always my highest respect for your esteemed office.”

We’re going ahead with our rally,local APC vows

But the  Organising Secretary of the APC  in the  state, Mustapha Ribadu,  declared yesterday that nothing would stop the party from proceeding with the Monday rally.

He said an alternative venue had been found and was being readied for the event.

Speaking in a telephone interview last night,Ribadu said: “Originally the party wrote a letter seeking  the Ribadu Square for our presidential rally on the 18th January and it was approved by the state government.

“The government went further to commence renovation of the square  to enable us use it for the reception of President Muhammadu Buhari and our presidential candidate on the 18th January.

“But with the sudden change in date, we wrote the government that the President would  be coming on Monday the 9th. This afternoon (Friday) they granted the request and formal approval was given. The contractor was asked to stop work if the venue will be conducive for us to host the President. We have a formal approval for the new date.”

He, however, said that the campaign organisation of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Aishatu Binani, said it would  prefer a new site it has been working on to host the presidential rally.

The state organising secretary said security agencies have been keeping surveillance on the new venue.

He refused to blame the state government for the change of venue.

He said:”We are set to host President Buhari and our presidential candidate on Monday in Adamawa State at the new venue being prepared by the gubernatorial candidate team.”

Adamawa is ruled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and is also the home state of the PDP Presidential candidate,Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari to lead Tinubu/Shettima  campaign in 10 States – Keyamo

Keyamo,in the updated campaign timetable of the APC said Buhari ,in fulfillment of his promise ,would join the  campaign train in a minimum of 10 states.

Keyamo who is also the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity said the President’s move was to  ensure the victory  of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu in next month’s election.

He said: “Recall that the President, out of his very busy schedule, had earlier attended the flag-off of the presidential campaign in Jos on the 15th of November, 2022. This was also after graciously accepting to be the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling party.

“In the latest campaign timetable released yesterday (5th January 2023) the President is billed to join the Campaign Train in at least ten States.

“The states are Adamawa State on the 9th of January; Yobe State on the 10th of January; Sokoto State on the 16th of January; Kwara State on the 17th of January; Ogun State on the 25th of January; Cross Rivers State on the 30th of January; Nassarawa State on the 4th of February; Katsina State on the 6th of February; Imo State on the 14th of February and the Grand Finale in Lagos State on the 18th of February.

“The PCC expresses its profound gratitude to President Buhari, the leader of our great party for his sterling and inspirational leadership at this time and for galvanising our teeming members and supporters across the country.

“We urge our party and supporters to turn out en masse, as usual, in the forthcoming campaign rallies. The zero hours is nigh; our spirits must be high; we must not relent in this collective march to our victory that is divinely ordained.”

The Ondo State government has pledged  adequate security at today’s  campaign of the APC presidential  candidate in Akure,the state capital, ahead of next month’s general election.

The rally is scheduled for the Moshood Kasimawo Abiola Democracy Park .

Chairman, Media and Publicity, Sub- committee, of the presidential campaign council in the state, Kunle Adebayo, urged members of the public, supporters, admirers of our party to troop out  to “endorse competence, vision, character, hope and track record as epitomised by Tinubu.”

He added:”As the state witnesses an unprecedented surge of crowd tomorrow (today), we wish to assure the people of Ondo State and our visitors that adequate security measures have been put in place across the state to ensure smooth, peaceful and eventful rally.”

It’s Uyo’s turn on Thursday

On Thursday,January 12,Tinubu and  Shettima  will take their campaign to  Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Expected on the campaign train are  the APC national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu ;Niger Delta Affairs Minister Umana Okon Umana; former governor of Akwa Ibom State and  PCC Vice Chairman South, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Director General of the PCC and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong; Silas Agara;Chairman Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu; APC National Vice Chairman South-South, Chief Victor Giadom: other  Party Leaders and APC Stakeholders.

Chairman of the Central Planning Committee of  the APC Presidential Campaign rally, Senator Nelson Efiong  and secretary, Hon. Uwem Udoma said in a joint statement in Uyo that the rally would take place at the Unity Park, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo starting from 10am.

They urged ” all APC candidates, their Campaign Council, supporters and party members across the 31 local government areas in the state to come out en masse to support and show solidarity to the party’s presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running-mate, Senator Kashim Shettima who are coming with a message of ‘renewed hope’ to Akwa Ibom State. (The Nation)

Source: News Express

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