The supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, alias “City Boy” and his running mate, Kahim Shettima, in the early hours on Saturday, stormed the campaign rally at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State, numbering millions in fanfare atmosphere.
Among the early dignitaries at the carnival like event, with massive turnout are: Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad; former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. ibjioke Sanwo-Olu; Wife of the Deputy Governor, Remi Hamzat; former Deputy Governor, Lagos State and Lagos West Senatorial candidate, Idiat Adebule, among others.
Leaders of Nollywood in the entertainment sector, led by Yinka Qiadri, Saheed Balogun, Taiwo Hassan, popularly called Ogogo and Bimbo Daramola, among others are present.
As early as 7 am the entire area was packed with crowd and supporters clad in different colours and brooms of the party symbol, chanting solidarity songs for Tinubu and APC.
Armed security personnel and first aid, as well as emergency responders, are stationed at different strategic points to ensure adequate protection of lives and property.
The Director General of the Local Organising Committee for the Presidential Campaign in Lagos State Campaign Council, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, during a media briefing said the rally will be a homecoming for the former Lagos State Governor and the national leader of the party.
He said; “You may wish to recall that Tinubu excelled as a Senator of the Federal Republic representing Lagos–West Senatorial District and as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. Therefore, the event is like a homecoming for our leader and mentor who has become a national pride.’’
“As a responsible political party, it is imperative to seek the cooperation of members of the general public as regards the need for temporary diversion of traffic and mass movement of supporters within the vicinity of the rally.’’
Security men of the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch and other law enforcement agencies are on ground.
The Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, on his part said; “On security measures, we will try to make the venue, very conducive for all.’’
“This is also the first time Lagos State will be presenting a presidential candidate who has become a household name not only in Lagos state but in Nigeria.’’
“We are not ruling out a huge number of attendees. We can assure you there will be a massive turnout and adequate security for all attendees.’’
“Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party.”
As at 12 noon, the much expected Tinubu and Shettima are yet to get to the venue as they are locked down in the crowd and attendant traffic gridlock.