An unnamed economist from the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara has raised concern over what he described as likely economic trauma on the state should All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to participate in the forthcoming general elections in the state. Speaking on the outcome of excluding the APC from the election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the university don quoted in the Leadership newspaper, said all local businesses would suffer untold hardship. According to him, it is an established norm globally that, brisk businesses often spring up especially during electioneering period.
Giving insight into his projections, he said those in printing and stationery business would lose a great deal. He said: “These guys would be missing over N1bn cumulatively as all candidates will print posters, handbills, banners, billboards. Some of them will also print fliers, note books among others.
“In the real estate sector, agents, landlords as well as those involved in interior decoration will be missing over N500 million because most of the edifice that should be rented out as party secretariats and campaign offices would be laying waste. “Those in the hospitality, entertainment and transport business, will be missing over N1billion as well. This is because most of the hotels that should ordinarily be busy with guests within the electioneering period would miss patronage. “The praise singers are naturally parts of the winning strategies in the politics of this zone. But as it stands, they will not be having patronage too.” He also affirmed that thugs who are used as agents of threat in the name of ‘Areaboyism’ would be missing over N500 million from all parties, as the demand for their hooliganism job will be minimal. “Generally put, in the absence of the ruling party participating in the elections, other parties might not want to spend because the APC is considered to be the ideal party to bring out more money, hence they are in power in the state and would not want to be defeated. Therefore, businesses and other sundry activities stand to miss over 3billion naira cumulatively,” he added.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa has distanced himself from a purported meeting convened by the national chairman of the APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole with Zamfara governorship aspirants on Thursday, October 11. Some media reports had reported that Oshiomhole met with the nine Zamfara APC governorship aspirants in Abuja on the said day. Marafa, one of the aspirants in a statement issued on Friday, October 12, said he was not aware of the meeting.