The city of Lagos stood still on Saturday as the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress held a presidential campaign rally for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The Teslim Balogun Stadium came alive at the ongoing carnival-like rally held amid water-tight security.
As a proactive measure, the state government had before now announced a temporary diversion of traffic in the axis where the venue is located because of the anticipated mass movement of party members and supporters within the vicinity of the venue of the rally in Surulere area of Lagos.
The Director-General of the Local Organising Committee for the presidential campaign rally in Lagos State Campaign Council, Ganiyu Solomon, said the rally was a homecoming for the former Lagos State governor and the presidential candidate of the APC.
Solomon said the massive attendance by members of the APC and supporters was an attestation of the popularity of Asiwaju Tinubu, whom he said has remained the most consistent and the biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of democracy in 1999.
“Asiwaju 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,” the former federal lawmaker said.
The party’s publicity secretary in the State, Seye Oladejo, said the party faithful attending the rally have nothing to worry about, saying the Police, LASTMA and other security agencies have been mobilised to ensure a hitch-free rally.