Scarcity of brooms has hit the seat of the caliphate, following the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential victory.
Broom sellers in Sokoto said they were overwhelmed by the demand for the commodity by APC supporters.
An investigation by Nigerian Pilot in Arkila, Rijin Sambo and Highlevel markets in Sokoto, where the product is sold, reports that brooms were in short supply.
Some of the sellers said broom sales had increased since news broke that the APC presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), had emerged winner.
One of the sellers, Mrs. Nisari Ehi, at the Highlevel market, told Nigerian Pilot that she had exhausted her supplies as early as 10pm yesterday.
“I started selling since Monday and had no time to restock my store because I closed from the shop late; so the remaining stock finished early this morning. This is good for us since it is not always that we enjoy this type of patronage. I wish APC will continue with their celebrations.” she said.
Another seller, Mrs Evelyn Njoku also corroborated Amusan’s story, saying there had been an upsurge in demand for brooms, but she regretted that the price had not changed.
“Although the demand for the broom rose so high, the price still remained the same, a medium size broom still sells for N50.00 while the big one still goes for N100,” Njoku said.
A cross section of APC supporters said they preferred to use real brooms rather than the artificial ones sold at campaign grounds, saying they wanted to use them to demonstrate their seriousness in sweeping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party out of power.

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