- Lagos residents and supporters of the APC have been asked to cooperate with security agencies at the party’s campaign rally
- President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday, February 9, take his campaign tour to the state
- According to Wale Ogunade, the residents' cooperation with security agencies would prevent stampede and loss of lives at the rally
A non governmental organisation, Voters Awareness Initiative, has urged Lagos residents and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cooperate with security agencies at the party’s campaign rally on Saturday, February 9.
Wale Ogunade, the convener of the initiative, made the appeal on Friday, February 8, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the state.
Ogunade said that cooperating with security agencies would prevent stampede and loss of lives at the rally.
Some party supporters died and many others were injured on Thursday, February 7. The incident was caused by a stampede at the party’s next level campaign rally for President Muhammadu Buhari at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, the Taraba capital.
Ogunade said: “It is not possible to ask people not to come out to see and hear firsthand from President Buhari, and the president wants to see his people too.
“But in doing that, the security agents, the area boys, overzealous supporters, party men and women, need to be very careful.
"Do not crowd yourselves and the security agents should put on a human face while controlling the crowd. Life is sacrosanct. I advise our people to cooperate with security agents so that the Lagos rally will be a successful one."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign tour to Lagos, the state government on Wednesday, February 6, announced traffic restrictions and diversion on some routes in the state.
Demola Seriki, the chairman, transport committee on APC presidential campaign, said at a news conference in Alausa, that all hands were on deck to ensure free flow of traffic while the visit lasted.
Seriki, a former minister of state for defence, said that the travel advisory was necessary to advise people on alternative routes. According to him, this is to ensure that all those who would not be at the venue of the campaign do not get stuck in traffic.
He listed the 18 routes to be affected to include: Surulere and its environs, Marina Road, Ikorodu Road, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Third Mainland Bridge, Obalende and International Airport Road.
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