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Thursday 24 January 2019

2019 elections: Tight security, heavy traffic as Anambra, Enugu await Buhari

2019 elections: Tight security, heavy traffic as Anambra, Enugu await Buhari

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

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.

Traffic was also heavy in other parts of the commercial city as major roads like Awka road leading to the venue was cordoned off.

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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 of the time of filing this report.

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

The president’s entourage is expected to visit the Obi of Onitsha’s palace and Zik’s 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 supporters trek long distance before arriving at the venue.

The cordoned 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.

Food vendors and other petty traders were not left out as they were seen going about their businesses around the stadium.

NAN reports that President Buhari who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport to a warm reception by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and APC chieftains, had left for Anambra State aboard a helicopter.

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


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