Edo Election: Hotels in Edo fully booked

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) –  The hotels in Edo had their accommodation booked up as at Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s in Edo.

Officials of the hotels visited said the high volume of guests was not unconnected with the September 19, governorship in the state.

Some of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told NAN most of the reservations were done in groups either by organisations or individuals.

They said many of the reservations were also made many weeks back.

NAN observed some newsmen accredited to cover the elections, who arrived Benin since Wednesday, encountered difficulties securing affordable hotel accommodation as they failed to reservations ahead of time.

Some of the media practitioners are milling around the Union of Journalists (NUJ), Press centre on Reservation Road, however, strategising on the best way to conduct coverage of the Saturday election.

A hotelier, Blessing Uwe, who runs a hotel on Airport road, said the last time the hotel had full capacity was in December 2019.

“Many of our guests have booked ahead of time and we had many coming since Wednesday who couldn’t find space,” she said.

NAN observed newsmen and election Observers were seen expressing worry over the situation as they also struggled to sort out accreditation at INEC office on Sapele Road.