Commercial and political activities in Benin, the Edo State capital, were disrupted by a prolonged rain on Monday.
The campaign trains of the major political parties were dispersed by the rain which lasted for hours.
The failed sections of many roads across the city were heavily flooded, causing traffic jams.
Many residents were seen at various markets such as the New Benin, Santana, Uselu and other markets in the state capital, making frantic efforts to prepare ahead of the poll.
Our correspondent observed that there was panic buying of food items and other basic needs.
Despite the rain, some youths were busy distributing the leaflets of the major candidates in the traffic. The leaflets generated a heated argument in the bus conveying our correspondent.
An unidentified woman in the bus angrily threw out the leaflets given to her, slamming the All Progressives Congress for the hardship in the country.
“What will I do with a leaflets? What has APC done for me? Things are hard in this country and they expect us to vote for them.”
But the driver of the bus praised the APC, adding that although the Federal Government had not done much, the impact of “change” was evident in Edo State.
He said, “I think Governor Adams Oshiomhole has done much in Edo State. Look at the state of the major roads in the city. Things have changed. I will advise you to consider voting for the APC.”
Owing to the two-day public holiday, many residents also besieged major banks to make last-minute cash withdrawals. There were long queues at many ATM points across the city.
Probably owing to the election and network problems caused by the rain, many of the ATMs had run out of cash, displaying “transaction failed” message on the screen and this left many customers frustrated.
Our correspondent gathered that the fear of running out of cash during the election caused the last-minute rush.
Speaking with our correspondent, a commercial driver, who identified himself simply as Joachim, said the rain affected his business.
He said although there were fears that the poll would be marred by rain, many indigenes of the state would come out en masse to elect their next governor.
“The rain has affected our business today because there are some roads we dare not ply. If you do so, you will waste your profits owing to the traffic. Any time there is rain in Benin, we always have problems as a result of the flooding of the roads. Yes, there are fears that the rain would fall on Wednesday, but we will defy the rain to elect our next governor.”