The politics of venue and realities on the ground

By Humwashi Wonosikou

The Adamawa State Government has described as frivolous accusations in the social media that the Governorship campaign team of the State All Progressives Congress was denied the Ribadu Square for the flag off of its campaign.

For the records, Government had graciously approved Mahmud Ribadu Square to the national campaign team of APC for its Presidential campaign rally in Yola on the 18th of January, 2023 which will have the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.

Every Adamawa resident can attest to the fact that Ribadu Square is undergoing renovation and the contractors are billed to return to site on the 7th of January, 2023 to complete work before the APC Presidential campaign after the Christmas and New Year break in order to make the venue most befitting for Mr President who is a State visitor.

Be informed also that this same Government had granted approval to the Social Democratic Party the use of the venue during its Presidential campaign rally sometime last year.

It is not in our character to deny any Party the use of Mahmud Ribadu Square having allowed other Political Parties the use of the Square and wonders where such allegations are coming from.

For the avoidance of doubt, the APC in applying for the use of the venue for their Governorship campaign flag off dated 27th December, 2022 which was a public holiday was received by the Adamawa State Urban Planning and Development Authority on the 28th and same was treated wherein a reply was dispatched on Friday 30th December intimating the applicants that the date suggested will not be available as the Government of Adamawa State had already commenced renovation works preparatory for the Presidential campaign of the APC billed for the 18th of January, 2023 as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces will be in attendance.

APC was therefore asked to pick another date after the 18th of January for its campaign flag off and instead the APC chose to sensationalize and trivialize the whole thing for sympathy shopping which is distasteful.

As it is customary, construction workers proceed on Christmas and New Year leave sometime around mid December and to resume first week of January, hence the availability of the venue within this period of their break which was utilized by the good people of Adamawa State and availed by the Government of the State contrary to the insinuation and cheap propaganda being peddled by some mischief makers.

The Government of Adamawa State under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri remains committed to providing equal opportunities to all Political Parties in Adamawa State as it is believed every Candidate is passionate about the development of the State.

Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri writes from Yola.


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