The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to provide adequate security to guarantee a hitch-free presidential campaign rally for the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday.
The Director-General of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the presidential campaign rally in Lagos State Campaign Council, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, who made the promise while briefing journalists about the preparations for the grand rally scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 26, 2022, said the rally will be a homecoming for the former Lagos State governor and the national leader of the ruling party.
Solomon said the event holds a promise for mass attendance by members of the APC and members of the general public because of the popularity of the APC presidential candidate, whom he said has remained the most consistent, biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of democratic dispensation in 1999.
“You may wish to recall that 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 and mentor who has become a national pride.
“As a responsible political party, it is imperative to seek the cooperation of members of the general public as regards the need for temporary diversion of traffic and mass movement of supporters within the vicinity of the rally,” he said.
Harping on security arrangement for the rally, Senator Solomon reassured members of the public that men of the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials and other law enforcement agencies would be fully mobilized to ensure that the rally will be an event devoid of security infractions and traffic disruptions.
He also enjoined all participants that will be at the rally to be of good conduct and display a peaceful character.
Corroborating Solomon on security measures put in place because of the anticipated large number of party members and supporters that will attend the rally, the State party chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said, “On the issue of security, we will try to make the venue very conducive for all.”
He added, “This is also the first time Lagos State will be presenting a presidential candidate who has become a household name not only in Lagos State but in Nigeria.
“We are not ruling out a huge number of attendees. We can assure you there will be a massive turnout and adequate security for all attendees.
“You just come and see the love the people of the State will show to Asiwaju Tinubu. Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party. We have made adequate arrangements for everybody that will be at the rally.”
Speaking further on arrangements made for the rally, the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Seye Oladejo, said the Police, LASTMA and other security agencies will be fully mobilised to ensure a rally devoid of any infraction, just as he said there will be formal accreditation for journalists that will cover the rally.
He said, “We believe we should have an orderly event. The accreditation will be held tomorrow. We have learnt from previous campaigns we have held and we are paying attention to the wellbeing of all attendees.”