Traders at the Onitsha Bridge head drug market, Anambra State have raised the alarm over what they described as outrageous levy of N250,000 per contestant by the state government for candidates interested in the market’s election.
The traders also kicked against certain modalities for the proposed election, urging government to ensure that the right things were done towards ensuring a credible democratic electoral process.
Some of the aggrieved traders who spoke with the Nation alleged that certain guidelines being implemented by the electoral committee were skewed to favor an ‘anointed candidate’ and scare away other candidates.
He said: The traders concern is to elect their leaders who will guarantee their welfare as well as maintain government and other regulatory agencies stipulated guidelines in the market in a transparent manner devoid of intimidation and harassment.”
Another chairmanship candidate, Ugochukwu Nwosu, who also lamented the high cost of the form, appealed that a new date be fixed for the election after the lockdown ocassioned by the scourge was over to ensure nobody was disenfranchised.
“Although I’ve picked the form, but I plead the government should heed the yearnings of the traders for a congress election where each member of the union will be allowed to vote for their preferred candidate,” he said.
Candidate for the post of Secretary from Legacy Group, Dioguba Uchenna, canvased for option A4 method after proper accreditation with registered line members as against delegate option which the electoral body were proposing to use in the poll.
Secretary of the electoral committee, Norbert Okoli, when contacted, declined comments, saying only the entire committee headed by the Chairman, Chike Okeke were entitled to react the to the matter.