The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, commenced his rally on Wednesday in Jos, Plateau State capital.
The rally, which is ongoing at Rwang Pam Township Stadium, is the first party’s campaign and is packed with a heavy presence of security personnels.
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 PUNCH reported that, as early as 9am, the venue had come alive with activities as local disc jockeys and drummers were seen entertaining party supporters who trooped into the stadium wearing colourful uniform attires, ‘aso ebi’, that had the faces of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.
According to the Director of Media and Publicity for the Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, the campaign in Jos would be a festival of sorts, being the official kick-off of Tinubu’s first rally.
Onanuga also disclosed that almost all members of the PCC would be present at the rally; the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Ret’d.), members of the Progressive Governors Forum, and the APC women campaign team would also be in attendance.
Onanuga stated that heavy security detail at the rally ground is expected. In his words “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 streamed live on major television and radio stations.