The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential and gubernatorial rallies are scheduled to take place on Saturday at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, and the Lagos government has planned a traffic diversion.
The rallies will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., according to a statement released on Wednesday by the transportation commissioner, Frederic Oladeinde.
Former state governor Bola Tinubu is running for president, while Babajide Sanwo-Olu is running for reelection in the 2023 election on the APC ticket.
Mr. Oladeinde encouraged locals to arrange their movements near the Surulere neighborhoods of Alhaji Masha, Funsho Williams Avenue, and Teslim Balogun Stadium.
According to the commissioner, traffic on Funsho Williams/Western Avenue heading toward Lagos Island will be detoured to the Express Lanes at the Barracks bus stop for motorists traveling to Costain, Apapa, Ijora, Victoria Island, and Lagos Island, and off to Olumegbon for motorists traveling to the New Lagos/Surulere areas.
According to the commissioner, traffic on Funsho Williams and Western Avenue heading toward Surulere and Ojuelegba will be rerouted to the Express Lanes and Stadium Bridge at the Alaka bus stop for people traveling to Mushin, Palm Groove, Ikeja, Ojota, and Ikorodu areas, and off to Bode Thomas and Eric Moore at Iponri Estate for those traveling to New Lagos and Surulere areas.
He stated that for reasons of safety, traffic on Funsho Williams from Olumegbon junction to Alaka and Alhaji Masha road from Akerele/Shitta junction will be completely limited.
Directional signs, tow trucks, and barricades, according to Mr. Oladeinde, would be made accessible to orient drivers and pedestrians.
He continued, “For safety and security management objectives, human and vehicular movement near the impacted regions would be limited as there would be a series of traffic diversions.”
Further explaining, he claimed that only Alaka would offer entrance to the rally venue and that vehicles carrying party members and anyone with accredited stickers would receive free parking.
He clarified that authorized vehicles traveling on Funsho Williams from Ojuelegba, Mushin, and Palmgrove will do a U-turn to enter the stadium.
In order to connect Alaka to the National Stadium, he added, “Those from Surulere will also enter the Stadium via Adeniran Ogunsanya/Bode Thomas/Ogunlana Drive/Alaji Masha.”
Only authorized vehicles, security, emergency, and vital services vehicles would be granted privileged access at the diversion locations, according to Mr. Oladeinde.