Some people make light the issue of zoning but the Board of Trustees and Patrons of Agbo-Edo Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association (AMSPDA), Nnewi, Anambra state has called on the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to intervene over the brewing crisis in the protracted market election.
The market stakeholders were protesting the date and conditions set by Anambra Ministry of Trade, Market and Wealth Creation which they claimed violated the market internal democracy.
Ogbuehi, Sir A. U. Ohazulike, Chairman and nine other stakeholders of the association made their demand known in a petition to PPC office in Awka.
They urged the ministry to abide by the resolutions reached at the PCC office in Awka after it intervened on the matter on Oct.31, 2018.
The petitioners contended that elective positions which the markets had zoned to Nnewi must be shared according to the formular with which the four Nnewi villages take turns.
They said the principle was not respected by the state government as one of the chairmanship candidates was from Umudim village against Otolo village whose turn it was to produce the chairman.
The petitioners said the PCC should stop the government from setting bad precedence in the conduct of elections in the market as the situation could create chaos in Nnewi as a whole.
“We hereby solicit that you use your good office to direct the State Commissioner to ensure compliance with your directive that one of the chairmanship candidates, Mr Dennis Ikegwuonu from Umudim should not contest.
“Because this is in violation of our constitution on sharing formular which states that non indigenes and indigenes of Nnewi in the market shall share executive positions on 50/50 basis(See Art.7 paragraph 1-3 AMSPDA constitution).
“Going by our micro constitution on sharing in AMSPDA, share must rotate within the four quarters, staring from Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewi Ichi (see Art. 7,pg7 Nnewi Progressive Forum constitution).
“We are also contending the April 12 date as instructed by the state commissioner is not feasible for the electoral committee to reorganise elections of offices in the market.
“We need at least 30 days notice to enable us prepare for the election,” they said.
On their part, Nnewi Progressive Forum, Agba Edo said the Nnewi rotational principle which had operated for over 25 years should not be violated in the interest of harmony among Nnewi people.
The letter which was signed by Mr Emma Agba and Sam Onwuka chairman and secretary respectively cited the recent Nnewi North Constituency election where all political parties fielded candidate from Nnewi-Ichi.
The Forum said Otolo, Uruagu and Umudim refused to nominate candidate for any political party because it was the turn of Nnew-Ichi to produce a House of Assembly member for the constituency in accordance to the sharing principle.
The Ministry in a letter signed by Dr Christian Madubuko, the Commissioner has directed that AMSPDA election would hold on April 12 at Anedo Social Club Hall Nnewi.
According to him, following the expiration of the executive of AMSPDA, it therefore becomes necessary that an election is conducted to avail the opportunity to elect their new sets of leadership.
“The election must follow the guideline spelt out in your constitution, you must be aware that it is the state government policy that election in all markets be conducted under peaceful atmosphere,” he stated.