#ElectionPostponed: Food Sellers Count Their Loses
Nigerians are counting their losses, but food sellers appear to have lost more than the rest.
Some of the food sellers bemoaning their losses are the ones in Uselu and Oba Markets in Benin, the Edo State capital.
The traders are still in shock over the postponement of the Saturday Presidential/National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, announced the postponement of the election till February 23 and those of Governorship and State Assembly to March 9, citing logistics problem.
One of the traders, a yam seller Osasuyi Efe, said that the postponement of the elections had badly affected his business.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Saturday that but for the election he would have traveled to the north to buy yams.
“I am disappointed; INEC should have done this a week before now.
Just look at my shop. I was not supposed to open my shop today but immediately I heard of the postponed of the elections I ran to open.
“By next week everything will be on standstill again because of the same election,” he said.
A tomato seller at Uselu Market, Adesuwa Iyie, said majority of her colleagues did not stock tomatoes the previous week because of the election.
“I did not buy because I felt I would not be able to sell them. There are no seed tomatoes in the market right now,” she said.
Mrs Theresa Igbinosa, a food vendor at Western Boys High school in Ikpoba-Okha Ward 2 said she spent about 50,000-naira to prepare the food she wanted to sell to voters at the ward.
Igbinosa said: “I am not only sad but very angry. I spent so much money and woke up as early as 2am to prepare this food. I have not even slept at all.
“My problem now is what to do with the food. Nobody is here to sell the food to, and I am so confused right now.
“I even borrowed the money from my neighbour with a promise to pay back after sales,” she lamented.
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