The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday night finally stood down its Presidential mega rally earlier scheduled to hold today, Saturday, February 9.
It explained that this development was due to the refusal by the federal government and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to grant its party access to the venue of the rally.
The party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan made this known through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan said this situation even arose in spite of the fact that the PDP had made payments to the authorities and obtained official approval to host the mega rally at the Old Parade Ground, Garki, Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “The PDP invites Nigerians to document this provocative action against our party and our presidential campaign by the Buhari Presidency and the APC.
“It is also instructive to state that we had earlier scheduled our Lagos Mega Rally for the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday until the Buhari Presidency and the APC came up with same date forcing our campaign to opt for Abuja.
“We hope they will allow the Lagos Rally to hold on Tuesday.
“The PDP holds that these provocative actions, instead of deterring Nigerians from their determination to vote out President Buhari on February 16, has only succeeded in spurring more compatriots to support the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar to victory.
“The PDP appreciates the commitment of Nigerians, particularly, those who
have already converged on Abuja for this mega rally.
“While we regret the inconveniences caused by the insensitive action of
the Buhari Presidency and APC, we wish to inform that a rescheduled date
for the rally will be communicated soon”.