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‘Order from Above’: Police, soldiers, FRSC stop Niger pro-Tinubu rally


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The crisis rocking the Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has deepened as security operatives have cordoned of the New Bussa Township Stadium, Borgu local Government Area venue for the APC presidential and governorship candidates.

The Police, soldiers, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Civil Defence Corps and the local vigilante group were deployed to the New Bussa Stadium venue of the planned rally as early 8a.m. for an event slated to hold from 11am to 2pm.

The army came in two loaded pick-up vans, while the Police men were dispatched from the state headquarters to join their colleagues in New Bussa to ensure that no one gets in into the already prepared venue.

Journalists, invited guests and supporters, who came for the rally, were turned back by the police operatives citing “order from above”.

The closure of the stadium came barely 24 hours after the commissioning of the rehabilitated New- Bussa Township Stadium, Borgu, Niger State, by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) who rehabilitated the said stadium.

A Support Group, 774 under the leadership of the senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, had planned a “Grand Lockdown Rally” for the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, as well as the governorship candidate, Umar Mohammed and his running mate Comrade Yakubu Garba.

The mega rally was billed to hold at the New Bussa township stadium today, Tuesday, to mobilise supporters for the candidates.

The Deputy Whip of the Senate, who is also the National Coordinator, Project 774 for Tinubu/Shettima, 2023, had through his Special Assistant (Operations), Mohammed Garba Danladi in a letter dated January 27 and addressed to the state party Chairman, Haliru Zakari Jikantoro notified the party of the planned rally.

Senator Sabi, in the letter, also stated that the State Working Committee of the party was invited to the Grand Lockdown Rally for the candidates and their running mates on the need to galvanise support and positively enhance the party’s chances at the polls.

However, the State Working Committee of the party, in a statement in Minna on Monday by the publicity secretary, Mallam Musa Dan Sarkindaji, said the Chairman of the party, Haliru Zakari Jikantoro has disassociated himself from the rally

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