As the 2017 Anambra state governorship election draws near, most of the governorship aspirants are doing all within their powers to sway voters their way. The incumbent governor of the state is not left out as he has deployed deceitful tactics of his own to make sure he retains the seat come November 2017.
Secret Reporters recently confirmed that during a recent meeting of the Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, convened by the President of all markets in Anambra State, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, who unsurprisingly was retained as a member of the Governor’s campaign team, the Governor mandated the members and their respective market leaders to make sure that no political party holds any campaign in any market across the state other than his party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). While given mouth-watery promises they were also instructed to close down all markets and unanimously endorse the incumbent Governor, these they agreed to provided money was involved. In reciprocation for the endorsement Gov. Obiano equally extended his largesse to the market leaders by mapping out a sum of 25 million naira to each market chairman.
Secret Reporters also gathered that the association which has over five hundred leaders and representatives from more than sixty one major marketers, in the state and boasts of about three hundred and five manufacturers will be swallowing close to billions just for the endorsement.
The dilemma in this campaign strategy is that when the markets are closed for such otiose activity, the CHAIRMEN of these various markets will take home 25 million naira, which is unarguable from the state purse, and leave the common traders and buyers to heavy loose from day sales with adverse effects on the income revenue generation for the state on such a day.