27 September 2016
Many holidaying residents of Edo have turned beer parlours and restaurants into political debate centres ahead of Wednesday’s governorship election in the state.
The state government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays to enable civil servants to travel to centres where they registered to vote.
Many of the residents are holding the discussions at beer palours and eateries around the National Independent Electoral Commission office on Ikpoba Hill and the Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre, GRA, Benin.
They are debating the credibility or otherwise of the governorship candidates and the achievements and failures of their respective political parties.
Some of them, Mr Peter Isi and Obakpolor Jude, said the holiday had given the opportunity to discuss ideas that might help them to make informed choices during the election.
Owners of the centres said that they had been recording huge sales since the holiday started.
INEC has cleared 19 political parties to participate in the election.