APC Primaries: Intense Security Presence As Formalities Get Underway

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A team of security operatives at the venue of the exercise. Photo: Taiwo Adesina/Channels TV.

 

The atmosphere at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Tuesday is not like any other. There is a fever in the air and the presence here portends that a bemusing political drama might play out at this arena.

After a long wait and several postponements, the Special Convention of the All Progressives Congress (Presidential Primaries) 2022 is finally here and the nation anxiously waits to see who the ruling party will select as its flag bearer for the forthcoming election.

As momentum gradually builds up, one cannot fail but notice the intense military presence as various security personnel prowl the four corners of the ground, some on foot, others on horses and vehicles.

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From the police to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and down to the counter-terrorist unit, the Eagle Square is brimming with military occupancies, like a fortress.

The reason for this is not far-fetched. In a few hours, 22 governors under the aegis of the APC will storm this ground with their entourages, party stalwarts, ministers and other members of the present cabinet will also be on the ground and of course, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, will grace the occasion.

Members of the security and compliance committee are already on the ground to ensure that all measures put in place remain watertight as no breach of protocols will be accepted, not with the spate of insecurity across the country.

The race to 2023 is fierce, and the tussle within the ruling party is even steeper, as they continue to tinker between the politics of geopolitical zones, the interest of the party, and the desire of the Nigerian people.

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