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Traders Protest As Obiano Orders Close Of All Anambra Markets

Information coming in indicates that Market Leaders in Anambra State have called all the traders in the state not to close their businesses and shops for any political rally today.

The market leaders under the umbrella body of Association of Anambra Traders said they are not politicians and would not allow anyone to use them for any political gain.

The traders association alleged that Obiano did not consult them before announcing the closure of the markets today.

They said, they will open their shops this morning and dare anyone to come and shut the markets.

We learned that the market leaders met yesterday where they agreed to boycott Obiano's political endorsement rally slated to hold today at Onitsha. They believed that traders are free to vote whoever they prefer on November 18, but any form of affiliation and endorsement will not be accepted.

The markets leaders announced this morning that no market will be closed by anyone and urged the traders to disregard any contrary announcement by those they described as govt agents.

We broke the news yesterday of the plans by Agu Awka to close all the markets in Anambra State today and force traders to an endorsement rally where Obiano will be announced as the choice of the traders.

One of the market leaders who spoke to us this morning said, "We are going to our shops today. We met last night and agreed that we are not politicians and should not be dragged into politics as a body. Some persons collected money from the govt and announced the closure without consulting us, We will see how they will enforce it, and force all of us to the rally."