Traders in the Kwali Area Council are taking advantage of the large turnout of voters for the ongoing election to make brisk business.
The election earlier scheduled to hold on March 19 and later rescheduled, is holding in the six FCT area councils on Saturday to elect officials who would pilot affairs at the local level for the next three years.
Most of the traders were seen selling soft drinks, snacks, water and food.
A shopowner, Madam Esther Offor, told correspondent that she opened for business shop because people needed water to drink.
”The Primary Health Centre polling unit is opposite my house and I have done my own; see my thumb”, she said enthusiastically.
Most shops along the secretariat road, the major street in the town, were closed.
However, a few that sells food items and drinks, opened to take advantage of the movement restriction due to the election, to make sales.
Traders were seen at all the polling units visited with coolers of drinks, snacks and other food items, selling their wares and exercising their franchise simultaneously.
In spite of the scorching sun, voters at all the polling units visited, especially women, with babies strapped at their backs, were in high spirits, waiting to cast their votes.
Commenting of the election, one of the voters, Isah Sule, a youth leader in the area, said in an interview that gone were the days when the electorate didn’t care about who governed them.
“Gone are the days when the electorate don’t care about who governs them.
”We are poised this time to ensure that our votes count and in the next three years, if the winner does not deliver on his campaign promises, we will vote him out.
”I don’t know about any other area council but in Kwali Area Council, our votes always count.”
He accused past leaders of not delivering on their campaign promises, saying this would not continue.
Meanwhile, at the Bonugo polling unit, a mild drama ensued when incumbent Area Council Chairman Daniel Ibrahim arrived the polling unit.
Ibrahim could not alight from his vehicle immediately for fear of a clash between his supporters and the opposition.
The tense situation was, however, arrested following the swift intervention of the security agents present.
Meanwhile, the major roads in the area were devoid of the usual heavy vehicular movement.