Sacked Onitsha Bridge-Head Market PG heads to appeal court – commissioner
By Phil Okose Onitsha
The embattled President General, PG, of Onitsha Bridgehead market, Anambra state, Chief Sunday Obinze who was last Thursday sacked by High Court, presided over by Hon. Justice B. A. Onyefulu, has headed to an Appeal court.
Addressing the executive of the traders Monday, Obinze said, “I have gone to Appeal court to challenge the judgment. Out of those who sued us only one group is recognised, every other one is not known by the traders”
“My lawyer has served the plaintiffs on the notice of appeal and we are ready to take the matter to Supreme court”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation, Hon Uchenna Okafor, confirmed the appeal court notice adding that court judgment must be obeyed.
“We had planned to come and remove the executive going by the court judgment but there was a stay of execution as a result of the court order which I have a copy” the commissioner said.
Recall that the sacking of Obinze was in sequence of a suit filed by three sectional market unions in the market that included, Scientific Surgical Equipment and Allied Products Dealers Association, Wood Works Traders Association and Chainsaw and Allied Products Dealers Association for allegedly sidelining the trio major unions and their non participation in the 2019 market election that produced Obinze.
Obinze’s position was nullified on the basis of court contempt not to go ahead with the scheduled election that produced him as the market boss for a second term in office.
He had allegedly violated a court order in lieu of the purported election after the court had cautioned against such an exercise when some parties in the suit, Chain Saw and Allied Products
Dealers Association and others led by Chief Peter Okala, a former market union leader in the market and others claimed before the court that the purported market election was not conducted in conformity with the market constitution.
The presiding judge, Hon. Justice Onyefulu, frowned at the flagrant abuse of court rulings and set aside the election which he noted was not in conformity with the Bridge-Head Market Constitution.