By DESTINY Isinwa
The Imo State chapter of Automobile Dealers Association has called the State government under the leadership of Rt.Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to come to their rescue by returning them to Aba road so as to save them from untimely death and hunger.
The save of souls message was made by the dealers on Wednesday through their State President Hon. Epiphesus I. Amadi while briefing Journalists at the Avu car market.
The President revealed that the immediate past Governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha relocated them from Aba road to an undeveloped land in Avu community due to their warmly reception of Ihedioha during the 2015 campaign which provoked Okorocha to insist on their relocation.
He said that ever since their relocation, hunger has been the order of the day in their lives to that frustrations have chased away many of their members to Abuja, Lagos and other States including outside the country: all in search of means of survival.
Amadi said that decision of Okorocha against them was intentional with ugly motive of punishing them for supporting Ihedioha in 2015 especially for receiving an electricity transformer from Ihedioha. He urged Ihedioha to return them to Aba road for the good interest of Imo and it citizens.
“The former governor Rochas Okorocha gave us letter for two hectares of land. Our problem with him started when the current Governor came to campaign in 2015, he donated transformer to us then and 24hours after his campaign there, Governor Rochas Okorocha arrived and frowned at us that why we should received that transformer and on that spot, he said we must leave Aba road and he meant it, he now started actions to remove us and he succeeded in removing us by fire by force.
“In Aba road we built structures, we provided electricity by ourselves through the transformer the current Governor gave to us. What we’re saying is that, give us a net and allow us to fish by ourselves. Owelle just removed us there, we’re dying of hunger and we’re loosing our members daily.
“In this Avu, nothing is happening here, there is scarce car sales, there is no where in the world where you combine the mechanics and car dealers. You can’t keep a 2015 model cars here in the bush and nobody knows that something like this is happening here. This place is good for mechanics but not for car business.
“We find it difficult to control the security network, we lose parts here everyday irrespective of the number of security men we have. Governor Emeka Ihedioha should return us to Aba road so that people who comes into the State will know that something is happening in this State. Many of us can not afford to come to this side again because of the heavy transportation involved. We’re talking of how we can sale and eat”. He appealed.
Countering the publication made by one Chief Rufus Osueke who is also a car dealer (not in Daily Nigerian Horn), Amadi said “he doesn’t have the backing of the executive and members of car dealers. What he said in the interview does not represent the true picture of what is happening here. Chief Osueke has no mandate to speak on behalf of the car dealers and our problems.”
“We’re questioning his authority to be a BoT Chairman since the inception of this association, who made him a BoT Chairman? “Amadi asked.