MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Less than 24 hours to the much publicised Peter Obi/Datti Baba-Ahmed Northern Summit scheduled for Tuesday 19th July, 2023 at Arewa House, Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has cancelled the approval for use of the venue as planned.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Peter Obi Support Network (PSON). The group has condemned El-Rufai for his decision to prevent a planned Northern Summit in support of Mr. Peter Obi from holding at the Arewa House in Kaduna state.
According to the statement “the Governor through his spokesperson called the Manager of Arewa House to notify POSN spokesman that “we cannot have Peter/Datti Northern Summit in Arewa House”, less than 24 hours to the event.
“The governor failed to give any reason for turning down the group’s widely advertised use of the venue.”
The frontline support group had unveiled plans to hold a summit specifically designed to interact with supporters of the frontline presidential candidate across the 19 Northern States of the country.
Comrade Sani Saeed Altukry, Spokesman, Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) told newsmen on Monday that the summit was not a political campaign of any sorts, but a converge of volunteers and would-be volunteers and supporters of the Obi-Datti project, for necessary interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas.
The event was initially billed to hold on the 19th of July 2022 at the popular Arewa House, Raba Road, Kaduna, Kaduna State, but the governor issued a directive cancelling the use of the venue after the group had paid for its use.
POSN further stated that Governor El-rufai is too small to stop the “Peoples Movement” which Peter Obi represents vowing not to succumb to intimidation aimed at suppressing the liberation of northern Nigeria from under-development and poverty.
The statement reads, “we condemn the decision of the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to block the hosting of the Northern Summit for Peter Obi and Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) and his running mate at the Arewa House in the state.
“The decision of the Governor is disheartening at the critical point in time when Northern Nigerians are desperate for development and liberation from poverty due to maladministration.
“The Governor of Kaduna state is intimidated by the rising profile of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, across the length and breadth of the country.
“The Governor should know that this is a “Peoples Movement” which can never be stopped.
“The Movement represents all oppressed Nigerians and everyone that desires good governance, and Governor El-rufai is too small to suppress it.”