Tight security, heavy traffic as Anambra, Enugu await Buhari for presidential campaign rally

Tight security, heavy traffic as Anambra, Enugu await Buhari for presidential campaign rally

- The people of Anambra are awaiting the arrival of President Buhari for his presidential campaign rally

- Ahead of his visit, there is tight security around the venue of the APC campaign rally

- Some roads leading to the venue were cordoned off and motorists were diverted to other roads

There was tight security in and around Holy Trinity Cathedral in Onitsha, Anambra, open ground venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday January 24.

Combined personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Navy and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were strategically positioned from the Azikiwe Roundabout to the Cathedral.

The heavily armed security operatives however, did not impede people from going about their lawful businesses in the commercial city.

Vehicles and commuters headed towards the venue were scrutinised to ensure that they posed no danger.

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Traffic was also heavy in other parts of the commercial city as major roads like Awka road leading to the venue was cordoned off. Motorists were diverted to roads in Onitsha Inland Town and other arteries.

Meanwhile, the stage was almost set for the presidential visit as the banners and billboards bearing pictures of President Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, were seen everywhere.

Party faithful adorning regalia with insignias of their candidates and leaders had also started thronging the venue in their numbers as at the time of filing this report.

Petty traders were also making brisk business from the sale of APC caps, shirts and mufflers to party men and women.

Handkerchiefs, bottle and sachet as well other drinks were being exchanged between sellers and buyers as they waited anxiously for the arrival of the number one and two citizens with their entourage.

The president train is expected to visit the Obi of Onitsha’s palace and Ziks Mausoleum before the grand rally at Holy Trinity.

It was also a similar situation in Enugu as the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was filled with party supporters awaiting the visit of the president and his entourage.

NAN reports that major streets leading to the stadium were cordoned as supporter trek long distance before arriving the venue. The roads include Abakaliki Rd, Ogui Rd and the Airport Rd.

There was tight security in and around the stadium as people were searched before entering the venue.

APC candidates and their supporters stormed the stadium with their banners and posters chanting solidarity songs while various cultural groups were seen entertaining supporters at the stadium.

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Food vendors and other petty traders were not left out as they were seen making brisk businesses around the stadium.

NAN reports that President Buhari who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport after warm reception by Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and APC chiftains, had left for Anambra aboard a helicopter.

The president is expected back to Enugu after his rally in Onitsha.

Legit.ng previously reported that two supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly lost their lives during the party's presidential rally in Sokoto state on Wednesday, January 23.

The yet-to-be-named deceased individuals include a woman and a 15-year-old boy.

The woman lost her life after a moving vehicle knocked her down along the road leading to Giginya Memorial Stadium, where the campaign rally was being held.

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