PDP Presidential Campaign Flag-Off: Jonathan Locks Down Lagos

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PDP supporters storm Tafawa Balewa Square in droves

Jamiu Yisa

PDP supporters storm Tafawa Balewa Square in droves
PDP supporters storm Tafawa Balewa Square in droves

Lagos, southwest Nigeria was this morning locked down as President Goodluck Jonathan began his 2015 re-election campaign on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS).

All major roads leading to Lagos Island and its environs experienced serious traffic congestion as early as 7:00 a.m.

Some routes were blocked in order to restrict vehicular movements on the Island as a result of the presidential campaign. There was gridlock from Oworonsoki all through the Third Mainland Bridge down to the venue.

CMS, Marina, Victoria Island, Ojuelegba and Yaba equally experienced the serious traffic situations.

Heavy security presence was witnessed at the venue with the Nigerian Army, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, DSS etc manning strategic locations in and around the TBS.

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People going into the venue were made to form a queue and were thoroughly searched before they were allowed into the premises. PDP supporters from across the country filled TBS. Some displayed their cultural heritage to the admiration of the crowd.

State governors present are; Segun Mimiko of Ondo, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, Aliyu Babangida of Niger, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna, Idris Wada of Kogi among others.

Others PDP dignitaries at the event are Olatunji Shelle, Chief Dapo Sarumi, Chief Dosu Ladipo, Teslim Folarin, Ifeanyi Okowa, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, Kema Chikwe, Modu Sheriff, Tom Ikimi, Jelili Adeshiyan, Femi Carena, Iyiola Omisore, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu,

Popular Nollywood act present includes Ibinabo Fibresima, Segun Arinze, Joseph Benjamin, Molisa Chinda, Omoni Omboli, Sammy Okposo among others.

Popular fuji act Abass Akande Obesere also known as Omo Rapala was on standby to thrill the crowd as at the time of filing this report.