12th November, 2010
The ancient town of Ijebu-Ode was this morning agog as President Goodluck EbeleÂ Jonathan begins a two-day official visit to Ogun State today.
Most residents of Ijebu-Ode went about their normal business activities. StudentsÂ are in the schools, market men and women were busy selling their wares. But only theÂ politicians gathered at the Gateway International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode where Mr.Â Presidentâ€™s helicopter was being expected to land.
About 7 p.m yesterday, a helicopter landed at the stadium with the advance team ofÂ mobile policemen and other security operatives deployed to the state to beef upÂ security for the presidentâ€™s visit.
There is heavy presence of security agents in and around the stadium and Ijebu-Ode.
As at press time, the host, Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, other Peopleâ€™sÂ Democratic Party PDP governors in the south west, politicians mostly PDP membersÂ were expecting to receive President Jonathan.
PDP supporters clad in an ankara gathered to welcome the president, a member of theÂ party.
Another group in a different ankara was also on the ground. The majority of theÂ political office holders were in Isheri where Jonathan was expected to land beforeÂ moving to Ijebu-Ode.
â€”Biodun Onafuye/Â Ijebu-Ode