Survey: Scarcity of hotel rooms hits Osun
Ahead of the July 16 Osun gubernatorial election, hotel rooms in Osogbo, the state capital, were fully booked, with little to no space available.
A Nigerian News Agency correspondent who visited some hotels in Osogbo on Wednesday said most rooms in several hotels were already booked by political party officials, NGOs, government officials and officials. key players participating in the election.
Hotel accommodation prices have risen due to an influx of guests from other states for the ballot.
During a visit to the Leisure Spring Hotel, along Dele-yes sir, a receptionist told the NAN correspondent that there were no vacant rooms.
Also at the Ideal Nestle Hotel, a receptionist who also preferred anonymity said all rooms had been booked.
He said politicians and dignitaries came from Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Ekiti and other places for the election.
“These people’s representatives are coming to pay for their reservations before they even arrive, making all of our rooms fully booked ahead of Saturday’s election.”
NAN further observed that some hotel premises had security personnel and their vehicles parked inside and outside the hotels.
NAN reports that political party candidates vying for the governorship include Senator Ademola Adeleke (People’s Democratic Party), Mr. Lasun Yussuf (Labour Party) and incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola (Progressive Congress).
The Nigeria Police Force is expected to deploy 21,000 officers for the election, while INEC has moved 12 residential election commissioners and five national commissioners to the state to oversee its conduct.
In addition, the Federal Road Safety Corps said it would deploy 1,500 officers to strategic locations for the safety of life and property, with the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps having hundreds of men ready for the elections.
Election observers for the exercise include YIAGA Africa, the National Democratic Institute and Kimpact Developed Initiative, among other civil society organizations
A peace accord between all political parties was signed by the gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday to allow the peaceful conduct of the election.