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Tinubu Kicks Off Rally In Jos, Extreme Security Measures In Place

The Tuesday rally for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu which is to take place at Rwang Pam Township Stadium was in fact heavily guarded, as security operatives were seen around the venue.

The combined security team of soldiers, policemen, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and Federal Road Safety Corps, were seen securing major routes leading into the venue.

The venue was bustling with activity as early as 9 a.m. as party supporters began trooping into the stadium dressed in colourful “aso ebi” with the faces of Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, and Senator Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s running mate.

Members of the local organising committee were seen carrying out a final-minute review of the venue’s decorations.

 

Just 24 hours prior, the National Broadcasting Commission fined Arise News and Channels Television N5 million for airing what was allegedly a “fake” statement attributed to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

When contacted by The Punch, Bayo Onanuga, the Director of Media and Publicity for the PCC, said that the campaign in Jos would be a festival of sorts being the official kick-off of Tinubu’s first rally.

Onanuga also disclosed that the rally would be attended by virtually all members of the PCC, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), members of the Progressive Governors Forum, and the APC women’s campaign team

Reacting to the heavy presence of security operatives at the venue, Onanuga said “it is normal.”

He said, “The local organising committee is fully in charge. We are just going there as guests. In all our engagements so far, the committee in each state is always responsible for arrangements including security.”

“Don’t forget, the president is coming too because this is the first rally we are having. But you are aware we have been campaigning before now. This is the very festival of the campaign.”

“All of us in the PCC directorates are going there in our aso ebi including the women campaign team,” he said.

Onanuga also noted that the rally would be beamed live on major television and radio stations.

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