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Ogun Denies Atiku’s Request To Use Stadium For Rally

The Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports has declined the Peoples Democratic Party’s request to utilize the MKO Abiola International Stadium for a rally for Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate.

Prior to the rally scheduled for January 19th, the PDP had sent a letter to the state commissioner for youth and sports on January 3, 2023, requesting the action.

The PDP remembered how the state government had previously refused a request for the use of the stadium in the letter signed by the state secretary, Sunday Solarin.

The letter read in part, “It is pertinent to mention that the use of this state asset was sought in April 2022 vide a letter dated 5th April 2022 requesting for the use of the facility for the conduct of our party primary.

“Surprisingly, our humble request was kept in abeyance to date which translated to tactical denial. While we will like to put this unwarranted denial behind us, we wish to vehemently emphasise that the use of state assets should be to the benefit of the general citizenry irrespective of any leaning.

“We, therefore, once again formally write to seek the usage of this facility for the purpose, and on the date indicated above.”

The Ministry of Youths and Sports responded to the party’s most recent request with a letter dated January 10, 2023, stating that the stadium could not be made available for usage.

The stadium was undergoing extensive renovations, according to Director of Administration and Supplies for the Permanent Secretary, I.A. Kuforiji.

The letter read, “Further to your letter of 3rd January 2023, in respect to the above subject, I have the directive to inform you that the MKO Abiola International Stadium is undergoing a major renovation of the spectators’ seats and other important areas within the premises.

“As we are all aware that people of high profile in the society are expected to be in attendance and the facility is not yet in good condition to accommodate events until it is completed and ready for use.

“In this regard, the ministry would not be able to accede to your request for the above-stated reason.”

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