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Anambra traders, commissioner at war over dissolution of market union

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The Amalgamated Traders Association of Anambra State (AMATA) has cried out to Governor Willie Obiano to save them from the hands of Christian Madubuko, commissioner for Commerce who is accused of attempts to cause confusion in the markets.
Outgoing President general of the Association Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo who addressed newsmen described the purported dissolution of the EXCO as a call to anarchy.
He therefore called for the immediate conduct of election to elect new executives to run the affairs of the Union.
Ezenwankwo said the Commissioner has no powers to dissolve them as they are Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
He recalled that his tenure expired on May 30, 2019 and they had fixed election to elect new leadership of AMATAS scheduled to take place on June 5, 2019.
He said AMATAS is a legal entity set up under the law of the Federal Government of Nigeria and nobody can just come and flush the executives and Board of Trustees out.
The member of House of Representatives -elect said there was no crisis in AMATAS to warrant Government take over of the body and its secretariat.
He said members of AMATAS executives in particular and the traders in general have not fermented any crisis, stressing that they have remained peaceful and law abiding.
Ewepudike as he is fondly called said that the ASMATA executives and traders in the State have supported the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led Government of Chief Willie Obiano, “but we are not a Government parastatal.”
“AMATAS has come to stay. We have done well for Anambra State traders. I have done well more than those who were there before me. I have held the association firmly for the past ten years. There was no crisis. I expected that those who will come after me will do better”
“Those who are looking for Caretaker are not popular.They want shortcut. Caretaker is uncalled for.I believe that AMATAS will continue to to support the Government of Chief Obiano”.
Ewepudike said he has no skeleton in his cupboard, saying that traders contributed only 45 percent of the money used for the construction of the AMATAS’ secretariat at Modebe Avenue, Onitsha, while 55 percent was contributed by those who believed in him.
“Everybody wants to come here. Do they know how this place was built. But I have done my bit. If the traders are comfortable with Caretaker, it is okay for them” he said.
However, he said in accordance with Article 20 (a) of their
Constitution AMATAS cannot be dissolved as it is a market union which exists as long as the market exists.

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