Eight hundred plain-clothe and regular policemen were deployed in Kaduna to provide security for the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, during the Peoples Democratic Party North-West rally for women on Wednesday.
However, she didn’t turn up for the rally, which held at the Kaduna Township Stadium but attended another rally in Port-Harcourt, capital of her home state of Rivers.
The 800 policemen in Kaduna also had the support of operatives of other security agencies, including soldiers, who were stationed at strategic locations leading to the venue of the PDP women rally.
Motorists and other road users were barred from the Independence Way that led to the venue, resulting in heavy traffic gridlock in the Tafawa Balewa/Ungwar Rimi area of the city.
Amina Sambo, wife of the Vice President, who represented Mrs. Patience, urged women from the North-West to vote for Jonathan during the March 28 rescheduled election.
She called on the women to come out en mass and vote for the President without fear of intimidation or harassment from the opposition party.