Igbo traders whose retail stalls are located at the popular Iwo-road in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, were forced to stop engaging in their commercial activities by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Different sources confirmed to newsmen that they were being subjected to untold hardships by the ruling party in a bid to get the Igbos support during the forthcoming gubernatorial and house of assembly elections.
An anonymous Igbo woman who spoke with Vanguard lamented that the party had taken their only means of livelihood from them and as such, subjecting their families to undue pains.
She informed the newspaper that they (the traders) were being told that they were no longer to be allowed to transact their businesses until they take secret oath to support all candidates of the APC in the election.
She pleaded: “We are appealing to the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as the State Commissioner of Police to come to our aid because we are peace-loving people.
“The condition they gave for our shops to be reopened was that we would swear an oath to vote for APC candidates in the governorship election. Some people have already done that out of fear. Governor Ajimobi, please come to our rescue.”
TheEcho recalls that the APC lost the presidential race to the PDP and since then, have been under pressure to get the support of those they had earlier ignored as being inconsequential.
National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, had met with Adebayo Alao-Akala to align with them so as to win the gubernatorial election.