Preparations for the rally and formal declaration of an APC governorship aspirant in the state, Jide Sanwo-Olu have been reportedly concluded as it was learnt that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, returned to Lagos on Saturday ahead of the event.
The organisers of the rally, billed for City Hall, Lagos Island, on Sunday, had concluded that 1,000 supporters be mobilised from each of the local government areas in the state for the rally.
It was learnt that following Tinubu’s return from Abuja, the chairmen of the local governments held another crucial meeting at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on “new development” concerning the Sunday event.
A source at the meeting, who is an aide of one of the council chairmen, told Sunday Punch that the chairmen were informed that while the rally for Sanwo-Olu would still go ahead on Sunday, the chairmen should no longer “mobilise” 1,000 supporters from their local governments.
“No, the rally has not been called off. The chairmen are in the meeting, but the latest information is that they should no longer mobilise 1,000 people from the councils. Those to attend the rally are the leaders from the ward to the state level; the state and federal legislators and party chiefs,” he said.
One of the aides of Tinubu also confirmed that the rally would still go ahead as planned on Sunday.
“That’s the grand declaration. It’s going ahead; nothing has changed,” he said.
Another source, a former member of the state House of Assembly, however, said the reduction in the number of those to attend the rally was a crowd control strategy at the venue.
“You know the way our people behave. Even the supporters, who are meant to attend, will get to the venue before the organisers,” he stated.