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How presidential poll ‘spoiled business’ at Daura restaurant

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For the owners of 7/11 Restaurant, February 23, 2019 presidential and national assembly elections in Daura, Katsina State, was a great opportunity that sadly went by without getting to make brisk sales for the hundreds of customers that had hoped they would get to order sumptuous meals.

Owned by an elderly Yoruba woman, the restaurant, which is a small blue-coloured zinc structure, is known to have a rich variety of meals especially the type consumed by many from the southern part of the country.

On a good day, sales are said to be made in a few hundreds of thousands of Naira, while a busy day like political gathering or Daura emirate hosting local and international guests, sales turnover are said to pass half a million mark or more.

Being President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown, and he being a major contender in the race, it was not unusual to have large crowd of people that included journalists, election observers, security and eligible voters around polling unit where he would be casting his vote.

But with the election came the no-movement order, which translated to closed shops and business premises. It was learnt that several people had reached out to her prior to the election, with the hope that she open shop for them to patronize her delicacies.

It was gathered that she had made her employees prepare some of the meals on the election day and was making efforts to move them to the restaurant before she was stopped from doing so, most probably by the security agents.

Some of the journalists and election observers that had gone to the restaurant were disappointed to find it under lock and key. The good side of the whole thing is that sales lost for that day would be recovered the next day, or day after.


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