By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”A group of traders in Ogbete Main Market in Enugu State, under the aegis of Concerned Traders has condemned the recent elections into the executive committee of the market union.
A statement by the leader of the group in Enugu, Mr Peter Eze yesterday, claimed that the new executive was imposed on the traders.
The group said that the new executive, led by one Mr. Temple Ude was unpopular, even as it flawed the process of his election, describing it as illegal.
The statement said that the election ran contrary to the constitution of the Ogbete Main Market Traders Association, OMMTA, following what they described as â€œillegal constitutionâ€ of the electoral committee.
The aggrieved traders said, â€œthe present market executive came to power in the year 2000 and has since continued to recycle themselves in power.Â In the past 10 years, the executive has reviewed the constitution of the market twice to suit their selfish interests and failed within the period to render financial account of their stewardship.
â€œThere was overwhelming decision of the majority of the traders not to recognize the new executive, because of the illegality of the election. We had petitioned the constituting of the Electoral Committee for the election as set up by the Enugu North Council Chairman, and the State Assembly Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, there is no provision in the said constitution that empowers the council chairman to constitute an independent body to conduct elections of the market executive.Â Besides, we have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,Â to investigate the executive. We cannot allow few individuals to hold us to ransom.â€
But in his reaction, Ude said his election was free and fair,Â adding that â€œthe group protesting against it, is made up of those who want crisis in the market.â€