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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said Atiku has already conceded defeat ahead of polls

– Oshiomhole said this in reaction to Atiku’s purported statement that two geopolitical zones, south-south and southeast were his strongholds

– The APC chairman said by saying only geopolitical zones out of six are his strongholds, he had conceded defeat

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has reportedly said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has conceded defeat ahead of the election.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Oshiomhole made the claim in his reaction to Atiku’s purported statement that two geopolitical zones, south-south and southeast were his strongholds.

The APC chairman said Atiku has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones.

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His words: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of south-south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.”

“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.

“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a cleric, Prophet Okechukwu Daniel Udoka, predicted that Atiku will defeat President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

The cleric said God had chosen Atiku to be the next president of Nigerian, noting that the PDP presidential candidate was not the messiah but said his regime would be better than the four past regimes.

Prophet Udoka claimed God told him that nothing can stop Atiku from being the next president of Nigeria, adding that a greater number of Nigerians will vote for Atiku.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reacted to the controversial comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that anyone that snatches ballot boxes at the forthcoming elections do so “at risk to their own lives”.

President Buhari had on Monday, February 18 said anyone caught in the act of ballot box snatching, will will do so at the cost of their lives.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb, it may be that [this will be] the last unlawful action you will take,” Buhari had said.

READ ALSO: God has ordained Atiku as next president of Nigeria – Prophet Udoka

“The whole 36 states in Nigeria, I went round. I think I have got enough support across the country to look after me. So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

Buhari made the comment at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja.

However, reacting to the president’s comment on Tuesday, February 19, Professor Yakubu said that ballot box snatchers should be punished only in accordance with the electoral law.

According to Sahara Reporters, the president’s comments were brought to the INEC chairman as he addressed the media on the preparedness of his commission for the rescheduled elections.

His words: “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

Yakubu also reportedly denied reports that Okechukwu Ibeanu, INEC’s national commissioner in charge of logistics, was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS).

“No commissioner of the commission was picked up by any security agency no house of any commissioner of INEC was raided; no any commissioner of INEC has been picked by the security agency,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng prevously reported that a legal group, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), described President Buhari’s controversial comment as a subtle promotion of jungle justice.

The group said that such statement is dangerous for the present polity of the country.

CSJ through its lead director, Eze Onyekpere, said the statement violates the law of the country.

He said: “This directive clearly violates the constitutional guarantee of the right to life and cannot be justified under any of the exceptions to the general rule.”

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– Senator Abdulaziz Nyako has identified poverty and drug abuse as bane of insecurity ravaging Adamawa state

– The Senator said hunger and drugs were reasons behind insecurity in the state.

– Ahead of the 2019 general election, Nyako said people are pushed into causing havoc in the state and region as a whole

The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Adamawa state, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako has identified poverty and drug abuse as bane of insecurity ravaging Adamawa state.

Nyako while speaking during an early morning Television program said hunger and drugs were reasons behind insecurity in the state.

The senator explained that during his ward to ward campaign tour across the state, he almost shed tears looking at the villages living in object poverty and lack of water.

He said that poverty is the major reason people are pushed into causing havoc in the state and region as a whole.

According to Nyako, most of the youths who live in the remote villages are married with families to cater for without jobs or businesses to do.

He said such situations can led them to drugs that would manifest to violence and resort to insurgency .

He added that water is perennial to the people of the state because it is a source of life to household and farmers alike.

He said the state has enormous potential to generate internal revenue that can be used to stimulate economic growth and grassroots development as well as provide basic amenities and quality education to the people but that can be done through concerted efforts and ideas mastery to knowledge.

Further speaking, Nyako said having identified these causes, he is are willing to tackling them once he take office as the governor of the state.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kassim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, on Tuesday, February 19, allayed the fears of the people over insecurity, stressing that the forthcoming elections in the state would be peaceful.

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He described as false, the notion in some quarters that the elections could be hampered by insecurity.

Gaidam said that Adamawa had been calm and peaceful in recent times.

The REC said, “We have been holding regular meeting with relevant security agencies ahead of the February 23 and March 9 polls. The state is calm, we do not have bombing here again and we only hope the situation remains so.”

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– APC chieftain, Yekini Nabena, has accused the Bayelsa state government of stockpiling arms ahead of the 2109 general elections

– Nabena stated that the arms are being stored in different local governments of the state in preparations of the polls

– Nabena said the alleged arms buildup could be traced particularly in Brass, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw areas of the state

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has accused the Bayelsa state government of stockpiling arms in different local governments of the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Nabena’s allegation was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 19.

According to the APC chieftain, the alleged arms buildup could be traced particularly in Brass, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw areas of the state.

READ ALSO: Oshiomhole demands apology from INEC over 2019 election postponement

Part of the statement read: “While it is sad to imagine that a seating governor at the tail of his second tenure has exhausted public acceptance for both himself and his party to the level he has dissolved his entire campaign strategy to propaganda and violence.

“It should be remembered that the high level violence Mr Dickson is banking on is not alien to him. He has, infact, been a direct beneficiary of violence in all his years in politics.

“Stockpiling of arms in an already fragile state like Bayelsa is evil, but for Governor Dickson this is one evil he is ready to subject the Bayelsa people to because of his seemingly infinite political ambitions.

“He became a governor in 2011 by propaganda and violence, in 2015 he forced his reelection by the barrel of a gun, assisted, of course, by some corrupt staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“During that election, both Brass local government area and Southern Ijaw LGA were engulfed in violence. Governor Dickson rewarded violence, which is way anyways, by appointing the key actors of that violence as local government chairmen.

“Dickson is once again employing the strategy of violence by stockpiling arms in various local government areas of the state, importing and sponsoring thugs with state funds to intimidate, kill, harass and oppress the very Bayelsans he claims to govern.”

He also called on the police, the Department for State Security, Civil Defence, the military and the security community in general to critically investigate the alleged stockpiling of arms in Bayelsa state ahead of the elections.

Similarly, the APC senatorial candidate in Osun East senatorial district, Honourable Ajibola Israel Famurewa has alleged threat to the lives of the people of eight villages in Atakumosa East local government of the state.

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Fameruwa, a serving member of the House of Representative representing Ijesa South federal constituency, said the thugs planning the violence are loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one Chief Francis Fadahunsi, his opponent in the election.

Famurewa made this known when he led party leaders and other APC candidates to address a press conference on the security challenges of his zone after a meeting with the commissioner of police, Abiodun Ige at the state headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.

He expressed worries about the influx of thugs into the villages, stating that for over a week, the thugs have been terrorizing people of the areas especially the supporters of APC.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– A cleric, Prophet Okechukwu Daniel Udoka, says the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will emerge victorious in the presidential election

– Udoka claims Atiku’s is not the messiah Nigerians want but that his regime would be better than the four past regimes

– The prophet claims God revealed to him that nothing can stop Atiku from being the next president of Nigeria

A cleric, Prophet Okechukwu Daniel Udoka, has stated the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will defect President Muhammadu Buhari in the general elections.

The cleric said God had chosen Atiku to be the next president of Nigerian, noting that the PDP presidential candidate was not the messiah but said his regime would be better than the four past regimes, The Independent reports

Prophet Udoka claimed God told him that nothing can stop Atiku from being the next president of Nigeria, noting that a greater number of Nigerians will Atiku during the general elections.

READ ALSO: Oshiomhole accuses INEC of appointing PDP members as electoral officers

“God told me that any man that would want to stop Atiku from entering will go down and might not witness Atiku’s celebration of victory,” the cleric said.

“We have prayed against violence during the elections. I talked about conflict earlier but I know that God has taken control. When the election was going on, it was not favouring APC. I saw a different thing altogether. It was not free and fair. But children of God have prayed against that. I am not a full time minister but God has shown me so much love and grace,” he said.

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“My message to Nigerians is to go out and obey the mind of God. He has chosen Atiku. He has even said that nothing will stop Atiku. Even if they plan negatively, God will thwart their plans. Even if we are hundred in Nigeria, and ten decide to cast their vote, a greater percentage will vote for Atiku. Whether we vote or not, Atiku will definitely win,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has garnered adequate support of the electorate to guarantee his electoral victory in the presidential election. Buhari made the statement in Abuja at an emergency caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Monday, February 18.

Speaking at the meeting, the president challenged agents of the APC at the forthcoming polls to be vigilant and watch out for the party’s interests at the polling units during the forthcoming general elections, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He stressed the need for APC members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– The DSS reportedly summons some INEC officials for questioning over the 2019 general elections

– Apart from Okechukwu Ibeanu, the DSS is said to have summoned four other officials

– A report says a committee was set up by INEC to handle the 2019 election which was postponed

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly invited some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the recently postponed general election that was said to have caught political parties unawares.

Some of those to be questioned, according to a report by Premium Times, include Chidi Nwafor, the director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ken Ukeagu; Osaze Uzzi, the director of voter education and publicity and Bimbo Oladunjoye, the assistant director of ICT.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the DSS had summoned Okechukwu Ibeanu, a professor of political science and INEC’s operations and logistics.

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It was reported, however, that ahead of the 2019 elections, a separate committee was set up, which Ibeanu was not part of.

The report claims that an internal memorandum announcing the committee to INEC officials was signed by Maryam Iya Musa, the director, commission secretariat.

“Curiously, close to the election, INEC chair created an ad hoc committee on logistics for the 2019 elections which reported directly to him. Prof Ibeanu is not a member of that committee,” the report quoted a source as saying.

It also reported another source as saying that the setting up of the committee had never happened in the history of INEC.

“There was nothing like that under Jega (Attahiru, immediate past INEC chairman). Nobody knows why Professor Yakubu decided to duplicate functions and hand such a crucial task (logistics) to a committee when there is a department to handle it,” it quoted the source as saying.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accused the INEC of allegedly colluding with the PDP to rig election.

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Speaking on Monday, February 18, at a crucial caucus meeting organised by the ruling party following the postponement of the February 16 election, the APC chairman alleged that the commission had brought to the knowledge of PDP the poll shift before any other party.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has sent a tweet apparently in support of the statement by the president where he said security agencies should deal ruthlessly with those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections.

Buhari had during a speech at the APC caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday, February 18, gave a strong warning to those planning to disrupt the elections through rigging. He warned that anyone planning to snatch ballot box during the elections will be doing so at the expense of his life.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Army reacts to Buhari’s statement on dealing with ballot box snatchers

Though Buhari’s statement has been met with criticism from members of the opposition, the First Lady seems to have backed her husband’s directive to security agencies over the issue.

Aisha in a tweet on Monday, February 18, shared a video of Buhari making the statement with the caption #ThisIsGMB taking Nigeria to the #NextLevel, in apparent support of the statement.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning that those who try to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be doing so at their own risk.

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Dogara, speaking at press conference on Monday, February 18, said Buhari’s statement was a violation of Nigerian laws which have provided sanctions for electoral offenders, Daily Trust reports.

He stated that the president’s statement was dictatorial in nature, noting that it indicates that the military has been given a central role into the conduct of the election contrary to the Nigerian laws.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning on ballot box snatching is contrary to the provisions of Nigerian laws

– Dogara notes that Nigerian laws have provided sanctions for persons found guilty of engaging in election malpractices

– The speaker says Buhari’s statement shows that the military has been given a central role into the conduct of the elections contrary to the Nigerian laws

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning that those who try to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be doing so at their own risk.

Dogara, speaking at press conference on Monday, February 18, said Buhari’s statement was a violation of Nigerian laws which have provided sanctions for electoral offenders, Daily Trust reports.

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He stated that the president’s statement was dictatorial in nature, noting that it indicates that the military has been given a central role into the conduct of the election contrary to the Nigerian laws.

“The President’s statement as a call for extra-judicial killings considering the fact that there are adequate provisions in our laws to address electoral offenses,” Dogara said.

“These statements clearly indicate that our democracy has become the victim of a full blown dictatorship, when one considers that a democratically-elected President would give a directive that is in clear violation of the laws of the land which by his oath of office he is to defend and protect.

“In view of this statement by the President, it is obvious that the military has been given a central role and co-opted into the conduct of the election despite the fact that they have no constitutional role in our electoral process.”

Meanwhile, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has explained and given details concerning the order to security agencies issued on Monday, February 18 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu, who spoke after the national caucus of the meeting of the APC in Abuja where the president gave the instruction that ballot thieves should be ruthlessly dealt with as the country prepares for the postponed general elections.

He said the president never gave any order that citizens of the country should be shot, adding that the president’s words were misinterpreted.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– A pressure group in Akwa Ibom has called on the INEC REC in the state to ignore the APC and Senator Godswill Akpabio

– Akpabio and his party have in the last few days, been calling for the redeployment of the REC, Mr. Michael Igini

– The group tasked the electoral body to focus on conducting free, fair, credible and violence free election in the state

A foremost social orientation and civil liberty group in Akwa Ibom, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Michael Igini, to ignore the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Akpabio and his party, the APC, have in the last few days, been calling for the redeployment of Igini.

The AILM during a press conference held in Uyo on Monday, February 18, described the ongoing campaign against Igini, led by the state chapter chairman of the APC, Ini Okopido, as “shameful, misleading and unsubstantiated.

The group called on the national chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and Igini, “to ignore the baseless accusations churned out by the APC and focus on delivering a credible and violent free elections in the state.”

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According to the leader of the group, Prince Emmanuel Sam, the APC may have started calling for the redeployment of the REC after all measures to compromise him have failed.

His words: “We in Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, pass a vote of confidence on the REC, Mr. Mike Igini because going through his records we have seen that this is the best man to ensure a credible election, where every vote will count. He can not be compromised and knows the job.

“We believe the so called protest by the APC leadership is merely acting a script written by former state governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who has seen that his presumptions about influencing voting across the state for APC have failed because the party did not campaign widely but relied on using ‘federal might’ to intimidate voters and force electoral officials to rig election for his party.

“We therefore advise APC leadership to channel its energies toward rallying members and supporters to vote rather than engage in propagating frivolous and wild claims.

“Mr. Okopido should desist from leading this sad campaign of calumny against the REC, who merely said he will be an unbiased umpire. He knows the dwindling chances of his party in the contest that is why he is agitating for a REC they can influence. Akwa Ibom electorate will decide eventually. If they don’t want Senator Akpabio, Mr. Nsima Ekere and many others because of their previous bad record.”

AILM wondered why the party that once celebrated the deployment of Igini to the state could suddenly turn around to call for his redeployment.

“We are aware that APC is uncomfortable with the uncompromising stance so far displayed by the REC. The state chairman of APC, Ini Okopido, is frustrated that his party will not enjoy undue advantage in the coming elections.

“Recall that APC stalwarts have been boasting of using ‘federal might’ through the police and INEC to subjugate the will of the people in the coming elections. Apparently, the refusal of Igini to play ball may have struck a wrong chord in the party hierarchy, resulting in the agitations for his removal,” the group stated.

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Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe has accused the APC of destroying public property in the state during the party’s rally last week.

Governor Dankwambo made the allegation on Saturday, February 16 in a statement sent to journalists by his senior special assistant on press affairs, Alhaji Junaid Abubakar Usman.

According to the governor, the APC hired thugs from neighbouring states who destroyed public utilities worth over N500 million.

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February 19th, 2019 by trendazine

– Governor Aminu Masari said the shift in election date will not affect the support for President Buhari in Katsina

– Masari added that the APC February 14 rally had clearly indicated that the people would deliver on their three million votes for Buhari

– The Katsina state governor also claimed that the postponement based on previous experience did not come as surprise to him

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state says the postponed elections will not affect the promise made by Katsina people to deliver three million votes for re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari on February 23.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Saturday shifted the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23.

The governorship, house of assembly, FCT area council elections were also shifted from March 2 to March 9.

However, Masari told State House correspondents in Katsina that the postponement would not change the position of Katsina people, stressing that the APC Thursday’s rally had clearly indicated that the people would deliver on their three million votes for Buhari/Osinbajo ticket.

He said: “Katsina people are ready; you saw it if you were here on Thursday (rally) you would know Katsina people are ready and prepared for these elections.

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“The postponement will not change anything, it will not change the position of Katsina state.

“We were ready two days ago. I believe those of you who were in Katsina since on Wednesday or Thursday you would have seen that we were more than ready as far as the elections is concerned.’’

According to the governor, the postponement based on previous experience did not come as surprise to him.

Masari, who expressed serious concern over the postponement of the elections almost at the last hours by INEC, said “I hope INEC does not develop a culture of shifting dates of elections’’.

He maintained that it would be unfair for anybody or organization to shift the blame of the postponed elections on President Buhari, adding that INEC, an independent body should be held responsible for its action.

He said: “But the fact on ground is that INEC gave assurance and the federal government has given INEC all the resources they required. So, the failure if there is any is their own.

“It has nothing to do or very little to do with the President except that being the President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces whatever happens under the sun in Nigeria he becomes responsible but not liable.

“If you are looking for somebody who is liable, INEC is liable to convince Nigerians why it shifted the elections because all the political parties are going to suffer the consequences of INEC’s action.

“So, obviously there will be additional cost on the political parties and also on the government. So, the president cannot deliberately orchestrate this and knowing the kind of president Nigeria has now – he has not even interfered with departments that are directly under him let alone a commission that is independent based on the provision of the constitution.

“He is somebody who believes in the rule of law.’’

On security situation in the state, the governor disclosed that the state government in collaboration with relevant security agencies at both local and state level had succeeded in securing the state from criminals.

He commended the federal government for deploying more security personnel with additional tracking and other security gadgets to locate and apprehend kidnapers and bandits within and beyond the state.

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“From the time I cried out to date, one – there has been reinforcement in the police, also the Department of State Services has sent in more tracking devices and more personnel and the military are operating, the air force is in the air always.

“I think there is improvement in terms of the level of security with regards to kidnapping, armed banditry.

“We were very much concerned because we were afraid that it would affect elections in some of the wards that are bordering the forest areas.

“But luckily enough with the combined operations of the local security under the local government system, the police; the Nigerian Civil Defence and the army, the situation has improved tremendously and we can now conduct elections in more than 95 per cent of those places that were being daily attacked, because most of the attacks were coming from the forest in Zamfara.

“They hit and go on motor bikes. So, really security, yes, is still a problem but not to the extent that it will disturb the issue of elections,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that thousands of APC supporters took over Katsina, the Katsina state capital, for President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in the state.

Some of the supporters who arrived the city on Wednesday, February 13, slept on the streets in spite of the cold weather.

The Muhammad Dikko Stadium, venue of the rally, was filled to capacity when the president arrived.

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