This claim was made by the PDP in a statement on Friday as a reaction to the Federal Government’s closure of the venue for the party’s presidential rally in Abuja on Saturday.
According to the statement, the FG acted out of desperation, describing it as a sign of Buhari’s defeat in the polls.
“It may interest Nigerians to know that the PDP duly paid and got permission to host our mega rally at the Old Parade Ground in Garki, Abuja, only for the officials of the facility to inform our party this morning (Friday) that they had been ‘ordered’ to shut down the venue and frustrate our mega rally for no just cause,” the statement added.
“The overwhelming popularity of the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, which points to an imminent crushing defeat that awaits President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16, presidential election has pushed the Buhari Presidency into a panic mode.”
In addition, it noted that “President Buhari has always been disheartened and jittery over spontaneous mammoth crowd of Nigerians at Atiku Abubakar’s rallies across the country, leading to the desperation to frustrate our rallies, resort to smear campaigns, vandalising of our campaign materials and the denial of venues in APC states, as was the case in Kano recently.”
It, therefore, called on “President Buhari not to allow his managers to further pit him against Nigerians with the shutdown of the venue for the PDP presidential campaign rally in Abuja.”