The Presidential campaign organization of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to provide increased security on campaign grounds.
Naija News reports that the call for increased security beef-up on campaign venues is following a warning by the United States of America about the possibility of a terrorist attack in Abuja.
The advisory was issued in a statement on Sunday by the US Embassy in Abuja. As a result of the development, the Embassy announced that it would offer reduced services until further notice and urged American citizens to avoid non-essential movements.
The statement added that possible targets by the terrorists may include government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.
Speaking to The PUNCH against the backdrop of the terror alerts, the main opposition party insisted that it would not suspend its rallies.
A spokesperson for the PDP council, Kola Ologbondiyan, vowed that the party would go ahead with its campaigns in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
He said, “We have no plan to suspend our campaigns because of this terror alert. We will continue to take our message to rescue our country to all Nigerians wherever they are. We are determined to win this election come 2023. So, suspending campaigns because of this is totally unnecessary.”
Asked if the party needs extra protection at its campaign grounds on account of the terror alerts, the former PDP National Publicity Secretary stated, “We can’t ask for any extra protection but it behoves on the Federal Government to provide security for all of us. That we are members of the opposition does not stop them from protecting us.”