By Mercy Obojeghren
Residents of Delta on Saturday obeyed the restricted vehicular movement order imposed by government as Local Government election holds across the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that markets, filling stations, shops, motor parks and other business organisation were closed in Asaba, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbor and other parts of the state.
However, few motor parks opened for vehicles travelling outside the state as early as 5.30 a.m.to be able to leave the state before daybreak as there was light traffic in some major roads in Warri metropolis.
Some of the commercial drivers complained that the restriction order had actuall affected their work for the day.
A bus driver at the popular Koka Park in Asaba, Mr Ben Ike, said he had spent hours without having any passenger.
”I came out here as early as 6:30 a.m. to enable me beat the restriction order, but here I am and there are no passengers,” he said.
Meanwhile, some residents of Asaba and environs told NAN that they were not aware of the local government poll.
Mrs Agnes Afam, a business centre operator, said, “I never knew today is election. I only came out to discover that today election.”
Sunday Ugwu, a carpenter who lives on Ibusa Road, said that he was not aware that there was an election, and as such, would not go to vote.
Others have also complained that their polling units were far from their homes and would not participate in the election as a result.
Mr Okechukwu Onu told NAN that he lived around ULO Ibusa Road and his polling unit was at the College of Education, Asaba, a distance he considered too far.
“I advise the people in charge of elections to bring polling units closer to us. I cannot go all the way to that place to cast my vote ” he said.
Anothe resident, Mary Uke, said that if the polling unit was close to her, she would go and vote.
“Considering the situation we are in right now, I cannot spend up to N1000 to and fro the polling station to cast my vote.
“Eeven when the politicians are voted in they will not remember us,” she added. (NAN)
The restricted vehicular movement lasts from 12 a.m to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday