Following the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the winner of last Saturday’s presidential election, the usually noisy commercial town of Nnewi almost went numb, as business activities in the town were brought to a standstill, with many residents regretting the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Daily Times discovered that immediately after the announcement, the streets and business districts were deserted, as everybody rushed indoors. Lively places like Nkwo Triangle, Agbo-Edo Market, public places and relaxation centres were virtually empty.
Attempts to contact many of the town’s political heavyweights, like Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the proprietor of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited and founder of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN); Chief Olisa Metuh, Publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu Jr. and many others, failed. A majority of them switched off their phones and barred people from entering their houses.
Ubah’s residence at Umuanuka Otolo, Nnewi, for instance, was eerily quiet; his private security man refused to let in visitors. Metu’s and Ojukwu’s residences, which were close to Ubah’s, were all kept under lock and key. A human rights activist in the town and public analyst, Chief Solomon Onyema, said they were nursing the pains of the defeat of their party.