Over 500 traders protest handpicking of President General at Building Material Market Ogidi

 Fifty Million naira bribe allegedly given to some government officials and market leaders in Anambra state has torn Building material International Market Ogidi apart. The traders are alleging that N15,000,000 to the Ezenwankwo leadership and another to Mrs Ilobi , a commissioner as well as others to some other officials including security agents thwarted their elections.
www.odogwublog.com reports that more than five hundred traders today protested what they tagged imposition of President General at the Building material International Market Ogidi , Idemmili North by the leadership of Anambra state Amalgamated Traders Association (AMATAS) led by Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo.
Some of the protesters marched on to the state Secretariat to the office of the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth creation, Mrs Amaka Ilobi, a lawyer while others marched to the office of the deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke to lay their complaints.
Ilobi left her car and disappeared while the Permanent secretary assured them to take their matter to the right channel. They were still at the office of the Deputy Governor as at press time.
They had earlier boycotted the election of new leadership of Building Materials market Ogidi for non usage of Open secret ballot system against option A4 they adopted accusing the state government of doing nothing about the numerous petitions written them on the impending crisis if option A4 is used for election in the market against other elections that used open secret ballot system.



 Addressing newsmen on their mission, the contenders to the said boycotted election Chief Paulinus Aniagboso and Chief Oragwa Paul accused the Ezenwankwo of creating crisis in the Building materials market for dancing to the wishes of the incumbent leadership which has stayed 10 years without account.
They alleged Ezenwankwo and the man he is plotting to continue to led the traders against their wish, Chief Jude Nwankwo (Jolicity) as well as outgoing President General of the market Chief Christian Okafor (Maku) of importing thugs into the election venue hence their insistence to use an alternative venue outside the market for the elections. They said the former Vice President Chief Uzoma Onyemachi is now contesting for the office of Treasurer.
Oragwa who was beaten blue and black with his clothes torn insisted that Jude Nwankwo who was immediate past Treasurer and Christian Okafor outgoing president as well as Amaka Ilobi , commissioner for trade and the DPO of collecting money put together at the range of over N50M differently to thwart the wishes of the people allegedly.
But Oragwa and Aniagboso appealed for a fresh election to be conducted for the traders as the two out of three contenders would not boycott an election yet puppets were sworn in as their leaders in a selection process against their constitution.
 They wondered why a particular set of people who impeached a President General Austin Edozie since 2006 would be in leadership for 10 years without rendering any account or getting bored of leading the people even when they have never conducted any meeting for the led.
They lamented that all their petitions to the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, SSG Prof Solo Chukwulobelu among other principal officers of government to avert the scenario did not yield any fruits. They said lives would have been lost had they not taken bold step to walk away from the market when they did , yet an aspirant was attacked.
They further alleged that there was no electoral body for the elections as they bought the forms from the outgoing Secretary General against the constitution. They wondered why their rejection of option A4 should be rejected by their opponents and the state authorities.

  Ezenwankwo had dismissed the allegations but several attempts to have him speak to www.odogwublog.com proved abortive as at press time but he had earlier insisted the election would hold in the market with option A4 against the position of the other two contenders, a position the contenders saw as taking sides with the outgoing team against them.
The purported winner of the election Jude Nwankwo, who is the outgoing Treasurer for 8 years when contacted said he was busy in a meeting and noisy place that he would get back to our reporter.
In the several petitions to the Governor and other stakeholders by their counsels Nworie , Osili and co chambers signed by C.O Osili Esq  and another by Lizzy Anyaonu for Elizabeth Anyaonu and Co, they demanded for open secret ballot for the election and for a venue that would assure their security but that was not attended to. 
Over 500 traders protest handpicking of President General at Building Material Market Ogidi Over 500 traders protest handpicking of President General at Building Material Market Ogidi Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Rating: 5

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