President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived Akure Airport amidst tight security for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally for the Nov. 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Buhari arrived the airport at exactly 10:09 a.m. and was received by Gov. Olusegun Mimiko.
Also on ground to receive the president were Dr kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Mineral Development; Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun and Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, member, representing Ondo Central at the Senate.
Others were Alhaji Alli Olanusi, former Ondo deputy governor; Mr Isaac Kekemeke, former chairman of APC in Ondo State; Mr Jamiu Ekungba, a contestant in the APC primary election that produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu.
In the entourage of the president were Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Gov. Umar Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
Also present at the airport were former Gov. Joshua Dariye of Plateau and former Gov. Adams Oshiomole of Edo.
The security details of the Nigerian Police was led by Mrs Hilda Ibifuro, Commissioner of Police in Ondo State.
Other security operatives present included men of the Immigration Services, FRSC, Nigeria Police, NSCDC, the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force.
Buhari inspected a guard of honour mounted by men of the Nigerian Army before leaving the airport.
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, arrived at different times after the president had left the airport.
The rally kicked off after 1pm, with governors speaking first.
Former Governor Adams Oshimhole roused the crowd, comparing Ondo and his Edo state, saying the two states were rescued from the PDP in 2008. Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Oshiomhole noted, unfortunately returned it to the PDP, which he described as a party of armed robbers.