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Broom Scarcity Hits Kaduna Communities Over APC Registration



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Former Kaduna state deputy governor, Engr. James Bawa Magaji displaying his membership card shortly after his registration in Fadan Kaje Gida ward, Zangon Kataf LGA, Kaduna state
Former Kaduna state deputy governor, Engr. James Bawa Magaji displaying his membership card shortly after his registration in Fadan Kaje Gida ward, Zangon Kataf LGA, Kaduna state

Scarcity of broom has been recorded in some part of Kaduna South following the commencement of the All Progressive Congress (APC) registration, 247ureports.com observed.

Many people were seen making calls to shops owners, friends, ordering for brooms in distance communities of Zangon Kataf LGA when a former Deputy Governor in the state, Engr. James Bawa Magaji move to the villages shortly after his registration on Wednesday.

We’ve been searching for brooms in many of the shops here but all they tell us is that, its finished,” Samaila Emmanuel said. “Some of us have been putting calls across to our friends but they tell us there is no brooms.”

On what caused the broom scarcity, Emmanuel said: “Its a symbol of change. Since this APC registration started, the Okada men, Market Women and other individuals who want to identify with the new political party have been holding it. But the coming home of Engr. Bawa Magaji to register as an APC member made many of the shops selling brooms to make bricks business.”

A shop owner in Zonkwa, Peter Bahago said he has never sold brooms as he did when the APC registration commenced.

Bahago said: “In fact am surprise in this few days. The broom market has never been good like this before and we are grateful that we made good sells when one former deputy governor came to our area.

Many bought the brooms and queue in the tarred road to receive the ex-deputy governor. The Okada people were the ones that bought the whole broom on Wednesday,” he said.

Meanwhile, APC in Kaduna on Wednesday commenced its membership registration in a peaceful atmosphere with reports of high turnout.

Although, some members of the Party told 247ureports.com that there were hitches when they trooped to the registration centres without pass port photographs.

At Rijana, Doka ward in Kachia LGA, one of the registration officers, Ahmed Sheriff said they commenced the registration at about 9am with massive turnout of members.

Many of them came without passport photographs. We later called a photographer who snapped them. What we are afraid of is the booklet for the registration which may not be enough. We have only one booklet here and we have registered about 60 people from this ward,” Sheriff said when our reporter visited at about 2pm.

Explaining some of the measures they took before embarking on the registration exercise, Sheriff said they reported to the Distric head and the police.

Isa Nuhu in Sabon Gari II Kachia Urban Ward, said the registration was going on peacefully. He also complained of the inability of some members to come along with passport photograph, stalled the registration in the morning hours.

People are getting enlighten now and we hope by tomorrow, many that wish to register will be fully aware of the requirements,” Nuhu said.

Hosea Baba in Kaura LGA said the registration was going on under a peaceful atmosphere. He said the membership registration was delayed in Kaduna to enable the officials educate members who wish to register.

Interim Chairman of APC in Zangon Kataf LGA, Alphonsis Shinkut Zaky said the registration will run through the night in the area so as to register as many members that want to be registered.

The turnout here is impressive. We want to register as many as possible but some of them came without passport photographs. We have to invite some business photographers. Everything is peaceful here and all the members are co-operating in all the 215 polling units that made up Zangon Kataf LGA,” Zaky said.

Speaking at LEA Primary School V, Kumin Gwari Kakuri shortly after his registration, Hon Ezekiel Baba-Karik said the exercise was peaceful.

There is a massive turnout everywhere. We have move round many wards in Kaduna South LGA and everywhere is peaceful. The members are conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and by tomorrow (today), our polling units will finish the registration because about 70 people have registered,” Baba- Karik said.

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