Barely 12 hours to the Edo State governorship election, residents of the state capital, Benin City have engaged in last minute shopping to stock their homes with foodstuffs and other household necessities.
Our correspondent who went round some major markets across the ancient city observed that the residents also engaged in panic buying for fear of what may be the outcome of the election.
There is palpable fear that the gubernatorial election which was shifted from September 10 to September 28 may create confusion which may in turn lead to curfew being imposed by government.
Nineteen political parties are fielding candidates with the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his All a Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki as front liners.
At Oregbeni Market in Ikpoba Hill, some residents said they were not leaving anything to chance because of the heated campaigns in the past few weeks.
One of the buyers who simply identified herself as Caroline said she despite the hike in the prices of commodities, it was necessary to shop and fill her home with food items “so that my family will not be hungry when they now ask people not to go out of the house.”
“This is election is going to be a do or die affair. There is so much desperation among the leading contenders, and as such anything can happen,” one resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said.