Earlier today, the two time ex-Governor of Kano State and now a serving senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso declared for presidency in the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Mr Kwankwaso, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had announced Wednesday as the day for of his formal declaration.
The senator’s presidential declaration had been widely expected. He was Kano Governor when President Muhammadu Buhari secured his largest votes in Kano State in the 2015 presidential election. Mr Kwankwaso also came second to Mr Buhari in the APC presidential primaries then before declaring support for the latter who won the general election to become president.
The ex-Kano governor has boasted that he, of all PDP presidential aspirants, has the best chance to defeat Mr Buhari in 2019.
So when on Sunday, his campaign committee announced he would declare his presidential ambition formally in Abuja at the Eagle Square, not a few Nigerians paid attention to it.
On August 20, three days after he applied to use the Eagle Square for his declaration, the management of the venue approved his request.
A day after the public announcement, however, the management of Eagle Square made a U-turn.
Exactly a week after he wrote granting approval for the use of the venue, the same person who signed the approval letter, signed the new rejection letter.
Investigations by this newspaper reveal that the excuse of August 29 being a “work day” provided by the Eagle Square management is baseless. The same venue has in the past been released for other political activities on weekdays.
The most recent event was the rally to support President Buhari in the 2019 general election under the aegis of Buhari Youth Organization. That rally, attended by hundreds of people, held on Tuesday, July 10, at the Eagles Square, a work day.
Also similar to Mr. Kwankwaso, then candidate Muhammadu Buhari on October 14, 2014 (a Wednesday, work day) officially declared his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the same venue.
Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki have cried foul over this turn.
This rejection however seemed to have held no sway as the senator still declared his run for Presidency in the early afternoon of Wednesday