PVC: Igbo shut down Ladipo market in Lagos
By Steve Oko
The largest auto spare part market in West Africa Ladipo Market in Lagos was on Tuesday shut down by the leadership of the market unions to enable traders collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
About 90% of traders in Ladipo market is Igbo.
Igbo are also the largest population of non indigenous tribes living in Lagos State and have about six lawmakers both in the state House of Assembly and House of Representatives for Lagos federal constituencies.
According to the leadership of Ladipo Central Executive Committee (LACEC), the decision to close down the market was to enable more traders get PVC before the August 30 to deadline by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Giving more insight on the decision, the President-General of LACEC, Hon. Jude Chike Nwankwo, said investigations had revealed that most traders are so busy with transactions that they rarely have time to participate in the process of electing political leaders in the country.
He said that such attitude was not in the interest of the country, hence the decision of the leadership of the traders to device a means of forcing traders to be part of electoral process.
Nwankwo noted that “PVC is the people’s power and the only means they can use for the emergence of a better Nigeria.”
He however expressed delight that traders fully complied with the directive.
“Our members are in support, as you can see there is total compliance; they are fully in support of the directive”, he told newsmen.
He urged their customers to also make out time to register for the PVC before the closing date.
The LACEC boss also appealed to customers and visitors to the market bear with the inconveniences the shut down might cause them.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our customers to be patience because the most important thing is to get this PVC to correct the wrongs that are going on in Nigeria.”
He cleared the air on the adopted candidates of the traders in 2019 elections, saying that the market union remains nonpartisan.
He said traders are free to vote for any candidate and party of their choice based on their conviction.
Nwankwo however urged Igbo traders who constitute the largest population of the market to always cooperate with their host, the Lagos State Government for peaceful coexistence.
“My advice to Igbo is for them to cooperate with Lagos State where they are getting their daily bread”.