Fears that violence may erupt after the release of the final result of last Saturday’s Presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) paralysed commercial activities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its suburbs, on Tuesday.
The palpable fear heightened among Abuja residents, after the polling agent of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a former minister in Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, accused INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, of bias.
The tension also disrupted activities in the Federal ministries, departments and parastatals, as the few civil servants who turned up for work hurriedly sneaked out of their offices.
Commercial banks also hurriedly shut their gates, leaving bewildered customers to the services of their ATMs only.
Several businesses in the city centre did not open at all. Many restaurants and ‘Mama Put’ joints were locked up. Fuel stations, except the NNPC filling facilities, were also closed to motorists.
Daily Times observed that several shops located along the ever busy Nyanya-Mararaba-Keffi road did not open for same fears that the announcement of the winner of the presidential election would be greeted with violence.
Most residents of Abuja and its suburbs have remained indoors since Monday, when the INEC began collating the final result of the election.