PRESIDENTIAL RALLY: Don’t come near Surulere on Saturday, APC begs Nigerians

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…As 18 roads in Lagos to be shut for Buhari***

The Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Rally Transportation Committee, Demola Seriki on Thursday pleaded with Lagosians who have no business around Surulere to keep off the area so as to avoid the inconveniences from a tumultuous expected crowd, as President Muhammadu Buhari Presidential campaign visits Lagos on Saturday, 9th February, 2019.

The Buhari Campaign rally is expected to bestrode the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, tomorrow. 

 Mr. Seriki appealed to residents of the state to avoid Surulere and its environs on Saturday because of the anticipated gridlock that the visit of the President may create. 

Making the appeal at a press briefing which held at the Ministry of Transportation, Alausa, Ikeja, Mr. Seriki disclosed that about 500 LASTMA Officials, 150 FRSC personnel and over 1,000 other traffic personnel will also be on ground to complement their efforts as the party is expecting all and sundry at the rally.

He also explained that all routes linking the Teslim Balogun Stadium will be closed to traffic and advised that alternative routes like Randle Avenue, Falolu, Adeniran Ogunsanya and Adelabu Roads should be utilized by commuters to get to their various destinations.

Speaking at the event, Federal Road Safety Commission Sector Commander for the State, Hyginus Omeje, said truck drivers will be restricted from entering the metropolis from Friday, February 8, in preparation for the Presidential rally on Saturday. He therefore advised   the truck drivers to plan their movements and cooperate with the deployed Officers to ensure that trucks do not jeopardize the travel advisory issued for the safety and comfort of all while the event lasted.

In the meantime, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos for his presidential campaign, the Lagos state government, has given a directive that would prevent road users from accessing eighteen different roads in the state.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign would hold at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere on Saturday, February 9.

Disclosing this at a press conference in Ikeja, the former minister of state for defence and chairman, transport committee on Buhari’s campaign visit to the state, Mr Demola Seraki, opined that over 100,000 members of the APC were expected at the rally.

Demola said that movement would be diverted on the roads to prevent motorists and commuters from being stranded.

“For instance, Alaka (by Lanre Shittu Motors) on the service lane, inwards stadium will be closed to traffic, while vehicles will be diverted to the stadium bridge on the main carriage way,” he said.

“Shitta, inwards stadium, will be closed to traffic and vehicles diverted to Adeniran Ogunsanya street or Akerele extension.

Traffic from barracks to stadium on Funsho Williams avenue will be diverted to stadium bridge on the main carriage way to Alaka.”

Below are the listed roads:

Funsho Williams Avenue,

Surulere

Lawanson/Itire /Tejuosho road

Apapa/Costain road

Abebe village

Eric Moore road

Eko Bridge/Apongbon

Marina road

Ikorodu road

Mobolaji Bank Anthony way

Old Toll Gate/Third Mainland Bridge/Obalende

Airport road

Oshodi-Oworonshoki expressway

Agege Motor road

Jibowu area

Yaba/Muritala Mohammed way

Iddo/Otto

Herbert Macaulay way

Adekunle

Ijora Olopa

Additional report from Vanguard