Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital came alive yesterday as the Godswill Akpabio Stadium was filled to capacity at the commencement of All Progressives Congress (APC)’s national campaigns for the 2019 elections.
The stadium was adorned with posters bearing messages such as: Buhari and Ekere Together We Prosper; Next Level 2019 Buhari and Ekere; Yes to Buhari and Ekere; Senator Owan Eno for 2019 in Cross River State; and ‘Ete Amedio’ (Papa Welcome), among others
However, security was beefed up in and around the stadium as the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); the Army, DSS and other paramilitary personnel were on standby to ensure maximum security and hitch-free campaigns.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that all entrances leading to and from the stadium have been cordoned-off by security personnel to ensure a hitch-free campaign.
Also, vehicular movement was restricted around the stadium, while vehicles that conveyed supporters were parked on all available spaces.
Ambulances were also on standby in case of emergencies.
Different cultural troupes from the 31 local government areas of the state perform and chant solidarity songs even as they awaited President Buhari’s arrival about 2.30 p.m.
Hawkers of various items, souvenirs, food and others also had a field day as they sold their wares.
Some of the hawkers shout “APC Bread;” “Ekere groundnut;” Buhari “Water melon;” “Buhari mineral;” “Buhari milk;” and “Nsima Ekere egg,” among others.