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In Abuja Kuje market opens for business amid council polls

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Food and other items were seen displayed in the market with buyers coming in to shop.

The Kuje Area Council Main Market was on Saturday opened for business in spite of restrictions on vehicular movement and opening of shops for the conduct of FCT polls.

Some correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) monitoring the exercise report that the market was opened for business during the voting hours.

Food and other items were seen displayed in the market with buyers coming in to shop.

Some of the traders told NAN that they had exercised their franchise before coming to open their shops.

Mr Fidelis Okoh, a trader in the market, attributed the opening to the fact that the market was currently without fence since it is under construction.

``Anybody can come in anywhere since the market is currently not fenced.

``Some of the people you are seeing are without voters’ card; they probably had registered in their villages and cannot vote in FCT,” he said.

Mr Musa Tanko, a tomato seller in the market, told NAN that she had voted before coming to the market.

``I am not aware that market was supposed to remain closed because of the election,’’ said the trader.

He said patronage was low because people were not aware that the market would be open for business but hope that it would improve later in the day.

Mrs Stella Gaza, a buyer in the market, said the opening of the market was in the interest of residents who only shop on weekends because of busy schedules.

``For me, I have voted and have just come to pick some items for cooking.

``It is not bad opening the market since the entrances are not shut,” she said.

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