Anambra Stste Government has been given 30 days to ensure the election of substantive executives of the Amalgamated Markets Traders of Anambra State (AMATAS).
Chairman of Anambra Traders’ Forum (ATF), High Chief Uzor A. Uzor and his Secretary Nze Ekwe M.O. Ekwe who made the call at a press conference in Awka , Anambra State.
They noted that the Caretaker executive headed by the Governor’s brother in-law has overstayed its stipulated tenure.
They recalled that the leadership of AMATAS was at the verge of conducting election to replace the leadership of Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo who was elected Reps member for Orumba North and South Constituency.
But the State Government dissolved the executive and set up Caretaker committee led by Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu.
High Chief Uzor noted that the interim executive has overstayed, having been in office for over six months now stressing the need for election of credible leadership for Anambra State traders.
He said the imposition of Caretaker Committee and undue interference by the State Government in the leadership of Anambra Markets were illegal and unacceptable saying that the tenure of this interim market leadership has expired and elapsed since three months ago.
“This constitute the height of illegality and it is morally wrong.
“Therefore, ATF gives Anambra State Government 30 days to start the process of conducting a fresh and inclusive election, without which the members will embark on protest that will shake the very foundation of the State” High Chief Uzor said.
He said the Governor of Anamby State, Chief Willie Obiano, was a product of legitimate and credible electoral and process and should therefore be fair enough to ensure that democracy that was in Anambra markets before he came is restored.
The ATF boss said the era of despotism, dictatorship, flagrant and despotic imposition against traders which allowed for Caretaker Committees being installed in different markets in the State cannot stand the test of time in this era.
He also called on the State Government to restore AMATAS as the substantive umbrella market Association in Anambra State, because it has the backing of the laws of this country as a registered body under Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) High Chief Uzor warned.