The popular Ladipo international auto spare-parts market in Mushin, Lagos Mainland, was recently closed by its leadership which drew the attention of residents and other traders who visit the market daily.
It was learnt that the closure was to enable the traders in Ladipo market register and collect their PVCs to ensure their political relevance in the forthcoming general elections.
According to Mr. Jude Chikere Nwankwo, the President-General of the market and chairman Ladipo Central Executive Auto Dealers Association (LACEDA), the decision to shut the market was a collective one by the executives to enlighten the traders on the importance of the PVC.
“Shutting the market is a collective decision of the LACEDA executive being led by my humble self to educate and sensitize our people (traders) on the importance and need to get their permanent voters card (PVC). The market was not closed as a result of any crisis as may be falsely reported but for the good of the people to be empowered to decided who becomes the governor of the state and the president in the 2019 general elections,” he said.
He noted that a large number of the traders in the markets, which population is estimated at 10,000 have gotten their PVCs but there is still the need to educate and sensitize those who are yet to register or collect their PVCs to do so.
Meanwhile, commending the leadership of the market, member Lagos State House of Assembly, Mushin Constituency 2, Olayiwola Abdulsabur Olawale, said they have shown exemplary leadership and character by not just urging the people to register and collect their PVCs but they shut the market for that purpose.
According to; “The leaders of the market have really tried by not just educating and sensitizing the people, but shut the market to enable them go the centres and get registered as well as collect their PVCs. This exercise shows that the leadership of the market is in tune with the government.”