8th August, 2011
Hundreds of traders at Ladipo Market, Mushin, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, stormed the Governorâ€™s Office recentlyto protest the alleged imposition of a 11-man transition committee on them.
The traders, under the aegis of Traders Association of Aguiyi Ironsi International Market, called on Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to prevail on the Mushin Local Government not to fuel the leadership crisis in the market.
Provost of the association, Mr. Emeka Eze, said the traders had been faithful to the local government when it comes to paying their taxes, adding that they had paid over N16 million into the purse of the local government.
He explained that though the tenure of their current president, Mr. Emeka Okoye, expired last year, members of the association at the Annual General Meeting(AGM) resolved that he should continue so as to be able to resolve all 16 cases currently pending in court before his exit.
â€œHis tenure has expired and he tabled the matter in our meetings but we said that he should continue to be there so that he could resolve all the issuesâ€, he said.
He added that those pushing for his removal were in the minority who had been paid to work against the general interest of the association.
â€œIt is not for them to tell us the tenure of the chairman has expired. We put him there, not Mushin Local Governmentâ€, he said, adding that when eventually an election is held, the current chairman will emerge victorious.
â€œThe people that are in opposition are just about 20, but we are more than 7,000 in the marketâ€, he stated.
â€” Kazeem Ugbodaga