There is likelihood of gridlock at the Abuja city centre, as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, holds its Grand Presidential rally, at the National Stadium, today, Wednesday.
Both the ruling APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had planned their grand rallies to be held in Abuja today, but the PDP Leaders shelved theirs at the last minute.
No reason was given at the time of filing in this report, even though the PDP had last week, accused the Federal Government of denying it access to the Old Parade Ground, in the Central Business District area of Abuja.
Newsmen learnt that hundreds of APC Chieftains from outside Abuja, including the 22 APC Governors, are expected at the party’s Grand rally, with adequate security provided, as President Muhammadu Buhari is to deliver a speech at the event.
Most of the dignitaries, it was learnt, would be coming to the venue of the rally, via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, hence there may be serious gridlock around the National Stadium axis, which is about 40 kilometres to the Airport.
It was gathered that movements may be restricted around the event venue, as APC supporters are to converge on the 60,491-capacity stadium, very early in the morning.
The Abuja National Stadium, located at the centre of the city, links the popular Area One, with Berger Roundabout, even as those trying to access the Airport, mostly have to pass through the stadium.
However, as a result of the APC Grand rally, residents and other commuters may have to use alternative routes.
For example, those going to the Airport, may have to pass through Area One to the Games Village axis, and connect with the Expressway that leads to the Airport.
As for those moving between Area One and Berger, they may have to go through the Central Area, through the Area 3 junction, among other alternative ways.