Traders in Anambra State under the aegis of Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, have reaffirmed their support for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA-led government in the state.
Chairman, Electoral Committee, Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, Sam Emeka, made the declaration in Onitsha on Thursday, August 12, while reacting to a newspaper publication allegedly sponsored by persons he described as ‘faceless traders’, who threatened to withdraw support for the APGA-led administration in the state and its governorship candidate for the forthcoming November 6 election in the state because of the non-conduct of Onitsha Main Market election.
According to him, the threat is politically motivated and the group that issued the threat is not known to the ASMATA, therefore, the threat should be disregarded.
Emeka, who was in the company of other ASMATA leaders, alleged that the sole aim of the ‘faceless traders’ was to create disharmony, as the purported threat was a scheme designed to cause disaffection and ill-feelings between the state government and the ASMATA leadership.
He explained that these persons are a group of people that were not comfortable with the laudable achievements of the present All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA-led government in the state and they were sponsored by some opposition politicians in the state.
On the non-conduct of the market elections, the Association further stated that its inability to conduct market elections at the due time was as a result of the Covids-19 pandemic that affected the global community, including Nigeria and which affected businesses and other activities necessitating the closure of markets and most public places.
The Association, however, remarked that despite the prevailing circumstances, the ban on market elections has been lifted with Ogidi Building Materials Market and Scraps Market, Ogbaru successfully conducting their elections and producing new Executives.