Traffic gridlock in Lagos as APC convention begins

Vehicular traffic in Lagos metropolis on Wednesday moved at snail speed as most roads were cordoned off for the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Convention at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The convention would elect the party’s presidential candidate in the 2015 election.

All roads leading to the venue of the event were barricaded by the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, early in the day for the presidential primaries which began at 1.30 p.m.

Heavily armed policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, were also seen all over the area providing security and assisting in traffic control.

The development caused gridlock on Western Avenue and other major roads in the environs leading to vehicles being diverted to alternative routes.

At the stadium, supporters of the five aspirants were seen with their banners chanting praises of patrons.

The aspirants are former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha.
Others are Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and the publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

A live band and several white plastic chairs were arranged under the Western Avenue flyover for supporters of Mr. Abubakar to relax.

Oladimeji Fabiyi, Director of Mobilisation, Atiku Campaign Organisation, ACO, said the relaxation spot which he referred to as “Atiku Village”, was set aside to entertain his supporters.

“The campaign is about moderation for Atiku’s supporters from across the country. There will be food, music and relaxation,” Mr. Fabiyi said.

Armed security personnel stationed around the stadium were seen scrutinising people going into the stadium premises.

At the main entrance of the stadium were policemen mounting two horses to control the increasing crowd trying to get into the venue.

Traders were seen displaying their wares on the pavements for delegates and supporters of the aspirants.

The supporters who had come from different locations were seen drumming, dancing and singing praises of their candidates.


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