Tension is mounting in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State over the leadership crisis that has engulfed the town’s main market, with the traders calling on Governor Willie Obiano to intervene before the matter assumed a dangerous dimension.
Trouble in the market was as a result of the alleged sacking of its chairman, Mr. Dozie Okeke and members of his executives by an Onitsha Magistrate Court presided over by Uche Amaechi.
Following the development, the market has been polarized into two factions with one loyal to the sacked chairman and supported by the leadership of the Amalgamated Market Traders Association, AMATAS, while the other is led by Mr. Malachy Nwabudu, who obtained the court judgment. Nwabudu is also backed by some past and present zonal leaders of the market.
The traders said weekend that only Governor Obiano’s intervention would avert the breakdown of law and order at the market.
According to the traders, the sacked chairman has refused to vacate office several weeks after the judgment, adding that the leadership of AMATAS was also aiding the crisis by instigating the sacked chairman to continue in office.
“The governor should prevail on the leadership of AMATAS to ask M.r Okeke to vacate his seat as directed by the court to avoid bloodshed,” they said.
By Chimaobi Nwaiwu