Commercial activities in Anambra State will be grounded this week following a resolution by traders in the area to close shops on protest against the activities of Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, a Federal House of Representatives member elect and Chief Emeka Agummadu, the leader of Eke-Awka Market in the management of the market unions.
Agumadu was accused of constructing shops at Gbalimgba branch of Eke-Awka market inside the space designated as Motor Park, a project which its foundation was laid in the mid night against the layout design of the market in Awka.
The out-going president of Amalgamated Traders Association (AMATA), Chief Okwudili Ezenwafor, who is the member elect for Orumba North and South Federal Constituency was accused of fixing date for the election of the market union for June in a bid to planting his apologies as executive members, who would be bringing financial returns to him while at the National Assembly.
According to the leaders of the respective market unions in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia, the duo have been using the name of Gov Willie Obiano to intimidate and harasses traders and disturbing commercial activities in the area.
For Mr. Nnaeto Uzuwulu of Awka Main Market, the aggrieved traders have had enough of the activities of Agummadu, who goes by the name ‘Baby-Awka’ in the main market and the way and manner he has been handling the affairs of the market in Awka.
In a petition of forty three signatories of concerned stakeholders of Amalgamated Traders Association (AMATAS) led by the chairman Mr. Ndubuisi Ochogu and the Secretary, Engr. Obi Chike Obi and copies to the Chief of Staff to the governor, Attorney General of Anambra State and commissioner of police and commissioner for commerce and industry, the body alleged that Ezenwankwo after being the president of the market for 12 years wants to impose a new leadership on the traders.
Reacting to the allegation, Ezenwankwo said: “We have 72 unions in AMATA and those people that spoke to you are not executive members of the market unions. They are not even stakeholders of the market unions. In-fact they are faceless people.
“I had it on good information that they are being sponsored by a certain politician, who wants to contest governorship election after the second term of Governor Willie Obiano, and he has this plot to put in place a market executive that would be there to help him become governor and that nonsense cannot work while I am alive.
“They cannot close the market because they are not the leaders of the respective market unions in Anambra State. I am not imposing any executive on the market unions. The allegation is politically motivated.”
Also, when contacted Chief Emeka Agummadu said that he cannot talk and directed reporters to the commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Dr. Christian Madubuko, who described the allegations against the duo as things that would be looked into, insisting that both Ezenwankwo and Agummadu cannot control him.
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