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Elections: Commercial activities soar in Benue

2015-03-27 15:54
Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a  ~  PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Makurdi - Commercial activities in Makurdi have soared as customers thronged shops, malls and open markets to restock their kitchens ahead of the presidential/National Assembly polls on Saturday.

A survey of business premises on Friday in Makurdi showed large numbers of people, either buying essential commodities, mostly food items, toiletries or selling their wares.

It also showed crowded bank halls as customers queued to make cash withdrawals to purchase goods.

At the motor parks, commercial vehicle operators, especially those operating intracity services, were having a hectic time trying to cope with customers expectations.

A cross section of resident said they needed to restock their stores ahead of the Saturday polls.

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Moses Atem, an engineer, said it was better to buy enough and store at home to avoid "unnecessary movement during  and after the elections".

He said there were too many apprehensions about the outcome of the polls to warrant such movement.

Madam Dominic Yakubu, a housewife, said: "Since there is restriction of vehicular movement on that day, it is better to restock commodities that have finished to avoid feeding challenges."

Some of the residents, who were seen at motor parks, said they preferred to cast their votes in their villages where their security was most assured.

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