There is confusion at the Port Harcourt International Airport as security barred supporters of Rotimi Amaechi, the Rivers State governor, from welcoming the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who are expected in the state today.
A source at the airport told PREMIUM TIMES that scores of supporters trooped to the airport to welcome the visitors only to be stopped by airport security.
Governor Amaechi, who was also on his way to welcome the APC chieftains when his convoy reportedly stuck in the ensuing traffic gridlock, alighted from his car and trekked about four kilometres, accompanied by a crowd of supporters, to the airport, the source added.
Mr. Amaechi’s convoy, our sources said, is parked outside the airport while hundreds of supporters are barred from gaining entry.
The situation has caused severe traffic gridlock at the airport with motorists going in and out of the airport experiencing difficulty.
Yakubu Dati, Spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in confirming the incident said that it was thugs, led by Governor Amaechi, who invaded the airport.
“As I’m talking to you now they have invaded the tarmac, and an Arik flight just arrived Port Harcourt now,” Mr. Dati told PREMIUM TIMES.
The Rivers state commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, could not be reached to comment for this story. Repeated calls to her telephones failed to go through.
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