Traders at Building Material market Abakaliki, Ebonyi state Wednesday said the association never took Ebonyi government to court.
Chairman of the state building materials association, Ifeanyi Nwudele who disclosed this in Abakaliki while briefing journalists said they discovered the truth at the court.
He said it was the landlord association that sued the government in disguise as building material association.
Mr Nwudele however, reinstated the readiness of the association to move to the place allocated to them by the state government.
He said the trader were working day and night to meet the 10th February deadline.
He also commended Governor David Umahi for extending the earlier date of 10th January to 10 February.
He said: “We thank the state Governor for extending the relocation deadline. The relocation was shifted to 10th February, 2020 instead of the earlier 10th January, 2020.
“We thank him for giving us a place our members (traders) accepted and we assured him that on that 10th February we are expected to relocate to the new site, we must abide by it. We are fully ready to relocate to the new site and that is why we are working day and night on the new site so as to meet up the relocation deadline. We can’t oppose government on the relocation order.
“Some group took government to court and it is this that gave me the opportunity to become Chairman of the Association to make sure that all the suits against the government area withdrawn. I went to court and discovered that the group use different name other than the Association to sue the government. They use Landlord Association to file those suits and we are not members of Landlord Association, we are building material traders”, he said.