The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has directed the public to use alternative routes on Wednesday ahead of the hearing of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The FCT police in a statement issued this evening by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said that it would tighten security and divert traffic from routes leading to the PEPT venue on Wednesday.
The diversion would be on the Goodluck Elebe Way and Shehu Shagari Way in Maitama.
“Ahead of the sitting of the Presidential Election Tribunal at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, the FCT police wish to inform members of the public that there will be a diversion of traffic at Goodluck Ebele Way and Shehu Shagari Way,” he said.
The police further noted that the plan was to prevent possible clash between supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“While apologising for the inconveniences this might cause those who ply the said routes to their respective offices and business points, the command states that the gesture is part of proactive measure to beef up security at the venue.
“It is to forestall any act that could disrupt the tribunal sitting and result in the breakdown of law and order; especially clash between supporters of both parties. In view of this development, members of the public are advised to use alternative routes to their destinations on Wednesday. The command reiterates its commitment to the protection of lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory,” the FCT police PRO added.
Former Vice President Atiku is challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election at the tribunal.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared President Buhari winner of the presidential poll.
But Atiku however rejected the result announced by INEC, saying that according to results he obtained from the server of the electoral commission, he won the election with over 1.6million votes.
INEC had since denied his claim, saying that his alleged results are fake because there was no server where results were transmitted to, adding that results were collated manually.
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