There was a heavy safety presence on the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, venue of Tuesday’s rally for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
A mixed safety crew of troopers, policemen, the Nigerian Safety and Civil Protection Corps and the Federal Highway Security Corps was seen securing the primary routes resulting in the scene.
As early as 9am, the place was abuzz with exercise as native disc jockeys and drummers had been seen entertaining celebration supporters who entered the stadium sporting colourful ‘aso ebi’ bearing the faces of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his working mate, Senator To Kashim Shetty.
Aso ebi is a uniform garment historically worn in Nigeria and a few West African cultures as an indication of cooperation and solidarity throughout ceremonies and festive durations.
Some members of the native organizing committee had been additionally noticed doing a last-minute inspection of the venue.
The event comes barely 24 hours after the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee fined Come up Information and Channels Tv N5 million for publishing an allegedly “false” assertion attributed to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee.
When contacted, the Director of Media and Publicity for the PCC, Bayo Onanuga, informed our correspondent that the marketing campaign in Jos might be a pageant of types to formally kick off Tinubu’s maiden rally.
Onanuga additionally disclosed that the majority members of the PCC, the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari (Regt.), members of the Progressive Governors Discussion board and the APC Girls Marketing campaign Staff will attend the rally
Reacting to the heavy presence of safety operatives on the scene, Onanuga mentioned “it is regular”.
He mentioned: “The native organizing committee is totally accountable. We go there solely as friends. In all our engagements to this point, the committee in every nation has at all times been answerable for preparations, together with safety.
“Remember, the president can be coming as a result of that is the primary assembly we’ve got. However you’re conscious that we’ve got campaigned prior to now. That is the marketing campaign pageant itself.
“All of us within the PCC directorates are going there in our aso ebi, together with the ladies’s marketing campaign crew,” he mentioned.
Onanuga additionally famous that the rally might be broadcast stay on main tv and radio stations.