There is tension in Anambra over plans to close down businesses in all major markets in the state to enable traders attend a rally holding at Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium Onitsha, where market leaders are expected to endorse the re-election Governor Willie Obiano.
The President-General of Anambra Markets Amalgamated Traders Association, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, alongside other market leaders, have mandated market emissaries to ring bells informing the entire traders to shut down their businesses today, as all the traders are expected to attend the rally as a mark of solidarity for Gov Obiano’s second term bid.
But in his reaction over the planned closure of markets, the State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Traders and former chairman, Onitsha main market, Chief Obi Egbuna condemned the planned action, saying traders can not be forced to close shops in the state because of rally for Governor Obiano.
He argued that traders were not civil servants, who are paid by the government, pointing out that majority of Anambra traders are just managing to survive and sustain their businesses, even as he condemned the high fees and other levies which was increased by 200 percent by this administration.
Chief Egbuna, however urged all the traders to disregard the said directive, insisting that there are traders of various political leanings, which would affect their freedom and right of choice on market leadership.
He further directed that all markets across the state should remain open for business today and disregard the earlier directive by the President-General.