Senator Sani warns governors against autocracy

Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central in the Senate has warned governors who tend to tend to deny opposition political parties the use of Stadium and public places for campaigns to desist from such.

Senator Sani said the news that the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has rescinded his earlier decision to stop President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, APC, from using the Godswill Akpabio Stadium was a welcome development.

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      Shehu Sani

The Akwa Ibom state government had earlier said President Buhari would not be allowed to use the Stadium in Uyo, for his campaign next Friday.

The state government, instead, directed the president and the APC to make use of the Uyo Township Stadium, which accommodates a far lesser number of people compared to the 30,000-capacity Godswill Akpabio stadium.

But in a statement yesterday, Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, rescinded the decision and announced the approval of the Stadium for the flag-off of President Buhari’s re-election campaign in the South-South region.

A terse statement signed by the Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Mr Monday Uko, Monday night confirmed the approval.

Reacting to the development, the lawmaker tweeted, “Denying any party or candidate the use of public stadiums for political reasons is uncivil and sadistic.

“The news that Akwa Ibom has rescinded it’s earlier decision is a welcome development.

“All state Governments with this kind of autocratic tendencies should take note.”

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