Minimise Non-Essential Movement on 13 February As PDP and APC Holds Campaign Rallies

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Members in the capital Abuja on 13 February should expect significant disruption and minimise non-essential movement during two rival campaign rallies. Supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party will gather from 08.00 (local time) at the National Stadium, where President Muhammadu Buhari will speak.

The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has also called for a rally four miles (6km) away at the Old Parade Ground (see map), with its candidate Atiku Abubakar. This comes after the PDP says it was blocked from going ahead with a rally at the same venue on 9 February, sparking recriminations.

Minimise non-essential movement on 13 February. Anticipate travel disruption on the main road to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) as delegations arrive and depart (see map).

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If moving around the city on the day, reconfirm the status of roads before departure and liaise with local contacts to plan journeys away from affected areas.

Expect an increased security force presence in the city and follow all official directives.
Monitor our Nigeria alerts for further updates, and refer to our Standing Travel Advice on Nigeria for advice on travel in Abuja.

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Tensions are running high after the PDP cancelled its planned 9 February rally at the Old Parade Ground. The party said it had already paid for the use of the venue and received official authorisation, and accused the APC and President Buhari of trying to harm its election campaign.

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A spokeswoman from the parade ground said the PDP rally had been called off because of a scheduling conflict with a rally by a local branch of the APC.

The dispute between the two parties raises the risk of localised unrest, including the potential for roadblocks, if rival supporters come into contact on the day. Campaigning ends on 14 February, two days before polling day in presidential and national assembly elections.

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