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2019 - President Buhari's Triumphant Entry To Plateau...

2019 -  President Buhari,s triumphant  entry  to Plateau

21st January 2019



By Golok Nanmwa

Thousands of All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters, as well as residents of  Plateau state  trooped out enmass   to welcome   President Muhammadu Buhari who was in the state in continuation of his presidential campaign tour.
As early as 6 am on Saturday APC supporters and well wishers besieged the Jos  stadium, venue of the event.
Also some residents trooped out to the streets  in solidarity  of President Muhammadu Buhari


Rallies were held on major streets of the state capital with sympathisers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) groups  leading the rally.
The crowd  marched through various parts of the state chanting  APC songs  sai Baba ,Sai Lalong .

Before this arrival the Police command in Plateau in a press statement made available to newsmen and signed by
DSP Tyopev Matthias Terna,the Police Public Relations Officer reads that the  President and Commander in Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting Plateau State on the  19/01/2019 and it is the primary responsibility of the Police to draw an Operation Order to ensure a hitch-free visit.
In this wise, the whole operation of the Police is aimed at providing a water-tight security in order to achieve a successful and peaceful event and to also keep the entire State peaceful and conducive for all law abiding citizens in the state.
The Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, Jos CP Austin I. Agbonlahor in his wisdom has deployed two thousand and fifty  Police officers and men to carry out this noble and important assignment.
The break down of the personnel is; One hundred and thirty two (132)officers, four hundred and thirty nine (439) Inspectors, one thousand four hundred and twelve (1412) Rank and File and sixty seven (67) Traffic Wardens making the sum total above.
The Operation is divided into sectors and units. Sectors are headed by Assistant Commissioners of Police while the Units are manned by Chief Superintendents and Superintendents of Police. While the Deputy Commissioners of Police are to act as supervisors.
The Commissioner of Police on the other hand is the over all Commander of today's operation.
While will call on law abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses, we warn anybody planning evil to shelve his or her intention because our men are all out and ready as such, no such intention would be allowed to manifest.


 Also Jos  Airport  Heipang    was  agog  last  Saturday as a  mammoth crowd   trooped the Airport   to await the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari for his campaign in the state.
At the airport Our correspondent reports that  Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), from different parts of the state and party supporters were also seen colorfully dressed to receive the number one citizen of the country.

President Buhari stormed the Rwang Pam stadium at about 2:59 pm on Saturday to the stadium that was filled to its capacity after he was received by Gov Lalong at the Jos airport

As the crowd surged forward ,the public address system was disconnected making it difficult for the President and other dignitaries to talk ,

However President Buhari presented the Governorship flag of the party to  Governor  Lalong .

 At the stadium the massive crowd at the Rwang Pam stadium in Jos North local government area of  overwhelmed security agents when President Muhammad Buhari arrived the stadium for his campaign rally.
Security agents used hand tasers and knock outs to disperse the crowd all to no avail.
President Buhari who arrived the stadium in company of Governor Simon Bako Lalong could not alight from the vehicle until 20 minutes later when some armed soldiers temporarily pushed the crowd backwards.
The crowd took over the two podiums chanting “sai Baba” 4+4 for Lalong and Buhari , with Lalong we stand , while others climbed the roof top of vehicles in the presidential entourage in an attempt to have a glimpse of him.
An hour after the President took his seat, the event could not commence as security agents tried tirelessly to push the crowd behind a barrier.

The crowd had broken through a barrier 20 minutes before the President’s arrival when they mistook the arrival of certain dignitaries for the President.


Alhaji Nagelu Garaba an APC stalwart said that the president’s visit was a welcome development.

He  said because of the love the people of the state has for the APC, people of the state have  trooped to the stadium and airport to receive the President

‘‘ we  pray that he would win the presidential election and the country will be changed for good, “he said.

I am overwhelmed with the crowd at  the airport and stadium ,he stressed .


Nagelu also said President  Buhari deserved second term so that he could complete his fight against corruption .

‘‘We are here to give our full support to President Buhari to run for second term.

“He has done well in the areas of road project, creation of jobs, and fight against corruption among others.

‘‘So we decided we must give him the needed support to finish the good work he has started,”


Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday  extended his  heartfelt appreciation to the people of Plateau State, who turned out in innumerable numbers to welcome him in Jos, during his presidential campaign visit on Saturday.

 A statement signed by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President reads that the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, venue of the event, was completely overrun by a sea of humanity, made of ecstatic supporters of the President, who kept hailing the man they love and admire. So much was the tumult that the President could not eventually address the crowd.

After waiting for about an hour, with the melee not receding, but rather increasing in tempo and fervour, President Buhari received illustrious Plateau citizens who were crossing to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from other political parties, waved at the appreciative crowd, and left for Abuja.

The President lauds Plateau people for turning out in their thousands to welcome him into Jos, lining the roads right from the airport, defying the boiling sun.

He thanks them for their steadfastness over the years, and for continued faith in the administration, which was indicated by the turnout at the stadium.

President Buhari sues for greater restraint from teeming supporters and appreciative Nigerians in other campaign stops ahead, pleading that they allow the campaign programme run as planned, since it is also an opportunity for him to give a stewardship report.

"We have been serving you for about four years, we want another four years mandate from you, it is needful for you to allow us give you a report. You deserve it," the President says.

Campaign visits resume on Monday, as President Buhari is resolved to get to all parts of the country, before the February 14 deadline.

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Also Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong  on Saturday said the unprecedented massive turn out of Plateau people irrespective of party affiliation to the Presidential rally of the All Progress Congress APC  is not just a demonstration of love for President Muhammadu  Buhari but also the endorsement of the success of the Rescue Administration in the state.

Lalong said the non partisant welcome confirms Plateau's restored status by his administration as the acclaimed "Home of Peace and Tourism".

A statement issued and signed by state Commissioner of Information  and Communication Yakubu Dati  while appreciating Plateau people said though the Presidential campaign launch was an APC affair, citizens crossed party border lines to endorse President Buhari, Governor Lalong and the APC for a fresh mandate in the 2019 general elections.

Dati said Governor Lalong commended Plateau citizens who renounced their former parties for the APC,noting that there is more room for those waiting in the wings to join the party.

The Commissioner said the response of Plateau citizens to President Buhari's visit has ended lies that Plateau is a PDP state.

He said the remnants in the PDP are gasping for breath for survival and have resorted to noise making and blackmail to gain cheap popularity.

The Governor assured that a fresh mandate for President Buhari, himself  and  the APC will witness a massive turnaround for the good of Nigeria & Plateau state.

The statement further reads that Lalong appeal  to APC members, supporters  and  well wishers to go on with their campaigns without hate speech and bitterness expressing confidence that victory awaits APC at the polls.

Our correspondent reports that the Adams Oshomole, the Director General of the President Buhari campaign Rotimi Ameachi ,Pauline Tallen one time deputy Governor amongst others  were all on the entourage of the President


Several prominent personality in the state also  dumped the  Peoples Democratic Party PDP for the APC

Amongst those that defected to ruling All Progressive Congress, APC , from people Democratic party, PDP, and other political parties are Hon. Ayuba Burki Gufwan , the PDP chairmanship candidate of Mangu Local Government Area in the last council elections, Senator Victor Mainasara Lar, a governorship aspirant of PDP in the last party primaries,Senator Satti Gogwim, Hon. Saleh Hassan, Alhaji Auwal Dankurma.
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