Lagos state stood still on Saturday for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a mammoth crowd thronged streets and Teslim Balogun stadium, the venue of the party’s mega rally ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Tight security has been put in place to keep supporters and members of the ruling party secure during the event.
Among the early dignatries at the carnival like event, with over large turnout are: Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammad, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. ibjioke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the deputy governor, Remi Hamzat, former deputy Governor, Lagos State and Lagos West Senatorial candidate, Idiat Adebule, Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Eshilokun, who is also Lagos Central Senatorial candidate, and Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh.
Others are: Former Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former deputy Governor of the state, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Lagos APC chieftain.
Others are: Former Minister for Health, State and now Minister for Science and Technology, as well as former Speaker Lagos House of Assembly, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, among others which include: both Christian and Muslim sects.
Leaders of Nollywood in the entertainment sector, led by Yonka Qiadri, Saheed Balogun and Taiwo Hassan, popularly called Ogogo, Bimbo Daramola, among others are on ground.
The Director General of the Local Organising Committee for the Presidential Campaign in Lagos State Campaign Council, Ganiyu Solomon, during a press briefing, said the rally will be a homecoming for Tinubu.
Solomon said, “You may wish to recall that 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.”
Security men of the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch and other law enforcement agencies are on the ground.
The party chairman in the state, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi while speaking on the security measure put in place said, “Security, we will try to make the venue, very conducive for all.
“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.
“Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party.”
Watch the crowd fill the Teslim Balogun stadium to capacity.