Written by Austine ELEMUE

Traders disown their leader over Buhari

Traders operating in markets and plazas in the 36 states of the federation and FCT have disassociated themselves from the courtesy visit Barr. Ken Ukaoha paid to President Muhammadu Buhari, just as the group passed a vote of no confidence on the self-acclaimed national chairman.

The group said whatsoever transpired between Ukoaha and President Buhari was not a true representation of Nigeria traders, but personal visit of the self-imposed leader. 

The traders under the umbrella of National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, said Ukaoha and his associates are not market men and women, as such lacks their mandate to represent them in any capacity. 

Consequently, the traders said Ukaoha should with immediate effect stop parading himself as the NANTS national chairman, because no trader elected him or any officer of the association. 

This was disclosed in a communique read by the chairman, Wuse Market Traders Association, Comrade Raphael Okorie, during a press conference held in Abuja. 

In the communique, the traders announced the setting up of a caretaker committee to among other things, organise a national convention in a month time, in order to reclaim and reposition the association. 

Okorie explained that it's not a financial battle, but a move to reclaim the association from the estranged leader, who had acted without their mandate for over 21 years. 

"A meeting was held on October 30, 2018, in Abuja; and members present passed a vote of no confidence on Barrister Ken Ukaoha as the leader or president. He should handover all property and money belonging to NANTs to the caretaker committee in two weeks. 

"We unequivocally dissociate and distance ourselves from the recent meeting with Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) at the State House, by Barr. Ken Ukaoha and Associates. We hereby declare that it was not the true representation of the Nigerian traders, we never consented to that representation. 

"We therefore wish to inform all relevant authorities, the media and general public that Nigerian traders are ready and set to reclaim the Association for Nigerian traders from the hands of the hijackers," the statement stressed. 



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