Akwa Ibom govt stops Buhari from using stadium for campaign


The Akwa Ibom State Government has rejected an application for the use of Godswill Akapbio International Stadium for the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Uyo, capital of the state.

Instead, the government approved the Uyo Township Stadium for the presidential campaign, which is scheduled to start on Friday December 28.

A statement issued through the state Commissioner of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Monday Uko, said the refusal became necessary in view of the Nigeria Premier Football League season scheduled to begin on  January 13, 2019 in Uyo.

It also claimed that the firm handling the maintenance of the stadium, Julius Berger Plc, had closed for the year and that it would be impossible to ‘regrass’ the stadium for the pre-fixed matches.It, however, said that the alternative venue was in perfect condition for the event.

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