By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Traders in Onitsha markets on Tuesday abandoned their businesses in solidarity to the UPP candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka in separate rallies for the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director Media, Osita Chidoka Campaign, Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie made available to Sundiata Post.
Okolie informed that Chidoka’s support base has continued to swell due to his pro-people plans and programmes as well as his stance in defence of the interest of the masses.
According to the Media Director, this was made manifest by the resounding receptions in Njikoka, Idemili and Anaocha where thousands of supporters trooped out in solidarity when the UPP campaign train stormed the areas.
“Similar scenarios have continued to play out as Chidoka campaigns across wards, towns and local government areas of Anambra state, even as the UPP, with its “isi agu” (tiger head) logo has gained full acceptance as the new symbol of the consciousness of the Igbo people”, she said.
Speaking in Onitsha, Chidoka thanked the traders for their overwhelming support and urged them to come out in the same spirit on the day of election and use their votes to send out a loud and resounding message of the people’s reawakening by voting enmasse for the pan-Igbo UPP.
Amidst cheers from the traders, Chidoka said, “We have suffered marginalization, injustice, inequity and underdevelopment; our people have been severally dehumanized and they are hurting. The time has therefore come for us to put the right foot forward and express our anger through our votes. As we vote for our own party, the UPP, we would be sending out a very loud message to the rest of the country that we are determined to legitimately assert ourselves and pursue our cause as a people”.
He lamented the level of government neglect in the market despite the contributions of the traders to the growth of the state and promised to reverse the trend immediately he takes office as governor.
Chidoka promised to modernize the market as well as installing free Internet connection to boost commercial activities in the market.
The UPP governorship candidate also assured of government-backed facilities for the traders, in addition to interest-free loans to apprentices to set up businesses once they complete their trainings.
Most of the supporters who spoke lamented the neglect they suffer under the current administration in the state while expressing optimism that the trend would be reversed under a Chidoka-led UPP administration.