CHAIRMAN, Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA), Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu has called on traders in Anambra State to learn to accept election outcomes, and shun every form of false accusations and tussles after election.
The chairman made the plea in Onitsha during the election of new executives of Motorcycle Parts Market, Nkpor, Idemili, North LGA.
Chief Ekwegbalu recalled that chaos ensues in markets after elections because contestants that lost elections find it difficult to concede defeat and congratulate the winners.
He also condemned the attitude of accusing winners or organising committee of electoral irregularities and fraud thereby creating tensions and uncondusive business environments in markets.
Speaking while administering oath of office to the new executives, the Zonal Leader Idemmili ASMATA and the Returning Officer of the election, Onwuetiaka Anthony Ezechukwu commended traders for their comportment during the accreditation and election processes.
Onwuetiaka encouraged those that lost elections to have hopes as bigger opportunities are ahead to contest and win greater positions in life.
In his address, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Trade and Commerce, Sunday Nwasa noted that the election was transparent, free and fair; the type that Ministry of Trade and Commerce advocates.
The SA revealed that Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Charles Okafor has expressed his delight for the success of the election.
Nwasa stated that traders are gaining more confidence on the Commissioner because of his wisdom and diligence in managing market issues in the state.
Also speaking, the Patron of the market, Richard Enukora advised the new executives to put up decorum, and avoid bragging or mockery behaviors capable of breaching the peace of the market.
Delivering his acceptance speech, the new chairman of the market, Mr Chidile Stephen Onungene thanked the state government, political appointees, and ASMATA officials for work well done.
Mr Onungene pledged to work assiduously to achieve greater heights; to respect and carry every trader along to ensure continuous peaceful coexistence of traders in the market.
Addressing traders after election also, the HOD markets in the Ministry, Mrs. Jossy Eboh-Nwosu charged the new executives to lead by examples.
She also warned them to pay their revenues to government promptly.