Saturday, 17 January 2015

Broom Scarcity Hits Benue Over APC Rally

Scarcity of brooms have hit the North-Central state of Benue state following the conclusion of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential rally in the state yesterday.

Broom sellers in Makurdi, the state capital, say they are overwhelmed by the demand for the commodity by APC supporters.

An investigation by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Wurukum, Wadata and Highlevel markets in Makurdi where the product is sold, reports that brooms were in short supply.

Some of the sellers said broom sales increased since news broke out that the APC presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), would address party supporters at the rally.

One of the sellers, Mrs. Vihiga Amusan, who sells brooms at the Highlevel market, told NAN that she exhausted her supplies as early as 10 a.m. on January 16.

”I started selling since Thursday and had no time to restock my store because I closed from the shop late, so the remaining stock finished early this morning. This is good for us since it is not always that we enjoy this type of patronage, I wish APC will hold this type of rallies often,” She said.

Another seller, Mrs Evelyn Njoku, also corroborated Amusan’s story saying  the upsurge in demand for the brooms went up but she regretted that the price had not changed.

”Although the demand for the broom rose so high, the price still remained the same, a medium size broom still sells for N50.00 while the big one still goes for N100,” Njoku said.

A cross section of APC supporters said they preferred to use the actual brooms than artificial ones sold at campaign grounds saying they want to use it  to demonstrate their seriousness in sweeping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party out of power in the country.

Mr Joseph Boko, one of the candidates of the APC for the State House of Assembly election, said ”the high demand for natural brooms signified the desire of the party in sweeping away inefficiency and ineptitude exemplified by the PDP’’.

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