This weekend promises to be a beehive of activities at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as the two dominant political parties in the country – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) choose their respective presidential candidates ahead of 2023 elections.
While the PDP primary will hold between Saturday and Sunday, APC’s is scheduled for Sunday and Monday as delegates of the two parties from different parts of the country converge on capital city.
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At the heart of these historic events are brisk businesses whose owners will smile to the bank. Daily Trust highlights four major business outlets that will benefit from the exercise.
This is one of the major industries that will make a huge income from the activities of the primaries. It is busy time for some printers during this period due to the mass production of political campaign banners, souvenirs, posters, pamphlets, customized T-shirts, caps amongst other printable materials for the purpose of publicity. Each party will have its own unique printed materials serving as an identity during the election process.
The transportation sector is another important sector of the economy that will leverage the exercise through the movement of people and products. Airlines and road transport systems will be booked to convey delegates to the FCT for the primaries.
The hospitality industry is a broad category within the service industry that includes lodging, food and drink service, event planning, theme parks, travel and tourism.
But for the purpose of the primaries, the lodging, food and drink service as well as event planning will be the big players during this process. Delegates that will travel from other states to the Federal Capital Territory will have to lodge in hotels and their welfare taken care of.
Roadside traders will not be left out as bottled water, drinks, snacks and other food items will be highly consumed. Also, local traders selling brooms and umbrellas which are emblems of the APC and PDP respectively will latch on the events to make additional income as many supporters will display the items to showcase the parties’ identities.