The People Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the governing party, All Progressive Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate President of allowing foreigners participation in Kano’s rally
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who made the call in a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, was reacting to the presence of Issa Moussa and Zakiri Umar, governors of Zinder and Maradi states respectively in the Niger Republic at the Kano APC rally.
But shedding more light about the accusation of alien participation in Kano rally, the Director of the presidential campaign council of All Progressive Congress (APC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said the reason behind the presence of two governors from the neighbouring Niger Republic during the presidential campaign rally held in Kano was in line with the Economic Community of West African states Protocol of free movement of persons within the ECOWAS sub-region
Ribadu, who was the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), faulted the notion held by members of the opposition political parties that the APC would rely on votes from Nigeriens and Chadians to sweep the polls.
According to him: “For your information, it is a free world and it is the constitutional right of everyone to be where he wants to be. You have no right to curtail anybody from doing what he wants to do. People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol or agreement that they don’t need a visa to come into this country.
“I know for sure that they don’t have the right to vote, but as a free West African who believes that someone has done extremely very well, and decided to identify himself with what he believes in, I don’t think there is anything wrong and I don’t think there is any crime committed. You cannot and you have no right as a Nigerian to stop them from exercising their fundamental human right to identify with their friends.
“Their presence may or may not have any impact on the re-election, but they are entitled to it. We have to guarantee their freedom because their presence is within the law and we don’t have the right to stop them.”