Saturday 9th February 2019 is a day most Lagosians will not forget in a hurry, it is a day that some of the most squalid areas of the state were given a look that left them “smelling like a rose”, it is a day that Lagosians became aware that these areas could actually look good, all these happened because President Buhari and his entourage were coming to Lagos for the APC Presidential Campaign Rally billed for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, an exercise designed to serve as a continuation of his re-election campaign in the February 16, Presidential Election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari and his entourage arrived aboard a Nigerian Air Force Boeing aircraft with registration number 5N-FGT to a rousing welcome by the All Progressives Congress chieftains and supporters at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, at 10.13am on Saturday amid tight security.
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The chieftains who received him included; Governors Akinwunmi Ambode, Abiola Ajimobi, Rotimi Akeredolu and Abdullahi Ganduje of Lagos, Oyo, Ondo and Kano states respectively. Others were the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu and Lagos State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The scene around the presidential wing of the airport was akin to a carnival with displays of the “4+4’’ signature of the party and “Sai Baba’’, “Next Level ” chants and other slogans.
After the festivities, presidential Buhari left the venue in a chopper with registration number NAF-540 at 10.30am for his arranged engagements in Lagos.
He visited the Palace of the Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akio lunch where he was pictured sitting on the Oba’s chair, he also visited State House in Marina.
He thereafter proceed to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, where he addressed party supporters and solicited for their votes.