By Nna Anulumadu

Traders in Ogbaru Main Market, near Onitsha, Anambra State have expressed dissatisfaction over the recent decision of Anambra State government to nullify its January 25, 2022 general election conducted for the Market.The State government through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry dissolved Care-taker Committees of 30 Markets and constituted new ones to replace two other Market leaderships with alleged flawed election in order to reform and modernize Markets.However, some traders in Ogbaru Main Market who expressed their feeling in an interview with the press described such decission as a shock and unexpected from the new administration in the state.Speaking to the Press a trader in Ogbaru, Elder Emma Ugwuowele urged the State government to have a rethink on it’s decision, given the fact that the traders collectively elected their leaders in free and fair polls. Similarly, a market leader who did not want his name published faulted the removal of Mr. Ndubuisi Ochiogo of the Ogbaru Market stating, that he does not deserve such treatment from the State Government.We are all human being. Ndubuisi Ochiogu is doing well. The young man is doing well as the elected Chairman and also does his best in serving government. He should not deserve such treatment and traders are not happy.Also, Mr. Anthony Nwaele, a food stuff dealer accused oppositions in the market who failed election as the brain behind the decision.” This decision must be instigated by those who want to rule our Market by fire by force. The governor should come into our Market and verify facts.In the same vein, Mr. Remigius Ikopuka, a drug merchant noted that the umbrella body of Anambra State Market( ASMATA) which was instituted by the State government conducted the election of Ogbaru Main Market, contending that government cannot contradicts its self by coming up with the policy to nullify the same election without investigating the outcome of the election. “Another trader, Comrade Ossy Nwannadi, Mr. Umeidodo Raphael, Mr. Everest Igaa pleaded with the State government to make a u-turn in their decision and retain the elected leaders.Other traders in their separate interviews said they are comfortable with their leaders. They noted that there is no crisis in the markets to warrant the nullification of the election in the market.


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