Markets and public schools in Enugu and Abakaliki as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took his presidential campaign to Enugu and Ebonyi states. Security were also have been beefed up in some parts of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital.
Many public primary and secondary schools in Enugu were abruptly shut on Friday fas the PDP Presidential campaign train rolled into the state capital. Some students told NAN that their teachers told them to go home because of the visit of Atiku. However, they said they were not mandated to attend the campaign rally which held at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
When contacted for reaction, Uche Eze, the state commissioner for education, declined comments.
The major roads leading to Nnamdi Azikiwe venue for the rally were cordoned off while traffic was diverted to alternative routes in the coal city while business activities in the stadium were shut to allow free movement.
In Ebonyi, major roads leading to the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium were blocked to traffic while vehicles were diverted to other convenient routes. All the markets in the city were closed for business as the people trooped in their numbers to the stadium for the rally.
The 10,000 capacity stadium was already filled to the brim as PDP supporters from the 13 Local government areas of the state thronged the venue.
Mr Emmanuel Uzor, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dave Umahi told NAN that Ebonyi as PDP state is fully `Atikulated’ adding that the state was ready for him.
“We are ready for the PDP presidential candidate. The turnout is tremendous and unprecedented. Ebonyi will give him 1.4 million votes during the February 16 presidential election. Atiku is our own and the government has made full arrangements for the campaign rally,” he said. 8 \lsdloc