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Tension In Abuja Over Security Lockdown Ahead Of PDP, APC Presidential Primaries

Abuja, the seat of power is to play host to Nigeria's two dominant Political parties – All Progressives Congress, (APC) and the People's Democratic Party, (PDP) as the both would hold their special national convention to elect their Presidential Flagbearer this weekend.


The event was expected be characterised by a high influx of people into the nation's capital, particularly party stakeholders who would be participating in the elections.

Federal Capital Territory Police Command said it has beefed up security in Abuja in the build-up to the presidential primaries of the People's Democratic Party slated for Saturday and Sunday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. The APC convention is slated for the Eagle Square later on Sunday.

The command said it has designed a robust security arrangement defined by a deployment of officers' across the city, ahead of the primary elections.

The command's Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, while briefing the Divisional Police Officers, and heads of various Tactical and Intelligence Units of the Command on Thursday, said the deployment prioritised the protection of lives and property of all residents during and after the exercise.

He said, "The Peoples 'Democratic Party's primary election is scheduled to hold from May 28 to May 29 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium. The event is projected to be characterised by a high influx of people into the Federal Capital Territory.

"Consequent upon the above and in a bid to ensure a hitch-free event, the FCT Police Command has designed a robust security arrangement defined by a generous deployment within and without the election ground and to every nook and cranny of the territory.


"The deployment prioritises the protection of lives and property of all and sundry by emplacing counter-insurgency measures, maintenance of clear road access, robust stop-and-search at strategic points around the suburbs and city centre, effective crowd control, and intelligence gathering but to mention a few."

Sunday, while admonishing the officers, charged them to respect the rights of citizens as they go about their duties.

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