A large crowd were too much for the security details at the venue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s election campaign in Jos on today, which forced the president to leave the venue without giving a speech.

After arriving the Rwang Pam stadium, it took the President almost 30 minutes to reach his seat as security personnel pushed back crowd and struggled to make way.

Later, the crowd, believed to be mostly supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), surged toward the podium while some climbed the top of vehicles in the entourage of  the President. 

As security personnel battled unsuccessfully to push the crowd back, Buhari left the venue of the rally without delivering his speech.

He was led away through the rear exit.

Governor Simon Lalong and the the director general of the Buhari/Osinabajo Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amechi, were not also able to deliver any speech at the venue due to the crowd trouble.

The President was only able to wave to party supporters as he hurried out.

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After the rally, Buhari in a tweet expressed appreciation to the people of Plateau, who turned out in large numbers to welcome him in Jos.

“I can’t thank Plateau State enough for the overwhelming reception today.

"There were so many excited people, that I didn’t get a chance to address you.

"Thank you for your faith in us, & steadfastness over the years. We will not let you down, even as we seek another mandate from you,” he wrote.

President Buhari, however, stressed the need for greater restraint from teeming supporters and appreciative Nigerians in other campaign stops ahead.

He pleaded with the supporters to always allow the campaign programme run as planned, since it is also an opportunity for him to give a stewardship report.

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