Nobody Planning Forceful Change Of Leadership In Motor Parks  - Iyeru   - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Nobody Planning Forceful Change Of Leadership In Motor Parks  - Iyeru  

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ogun state has advised the public to ignore rumour of likely outbreak of violence in motor parks and garages across the state.

NURTW's unit chairman for Ita-Oshin, Alhaji Akeem  Bodunrin said there were no plans by any body or group to cause trouble in motor parks and garages or hijack leadership.

Bodurin who spoke with reporters in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, pledged that the union and members would work with the  in - coming  government to sustain the prevailing peace in Ogun state.

The unit leader,  popularly called Iyeru, assured that the transport unions in the state, particularly the NURTW as well as the traders -  market men and women accord unalloyed support to the government of the day and would do same for the in- coming one.

The assurance followed concern that the last governorship election in the state where Prince Dapo Abiodun of of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged winner, the Iyeru people believed to have worked for the APC and Dapo, may dislodge the Alhaji Akeem Adeosun (a.k.a. Jango) led state leadership of the union.

Adeosun alias Jango is said to have worked for Governor Ibikunle Amosun and  his preferred candidate, Hon. Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied People's Movement (APM).

But reacting to the speculations, Iyeru said neither him, nor any member of his unit was planning to instigate leadership change within NURTW in the state  following the victory of Prince Dapo Abiodun.

He said there are established procedures for leadership change in NURTW, explaining that such procedures are  well "expressly stated" in the transport union's constitution.

"The point is that some people had threatened that they would chase us out of the state by Monday March 11th for following Prince Dapo Abiodun of APC and not supporting a particular governorship candidate and I have since then, stopped going to attend any state function of the union.

"But myself and my people told them that we should be cautious so as not to mix membership of the NURTW with politics. But they would not listen to my plea. Despite that, they  have sent away one of my members from Kuto motor park and another one; Akamo from Ijaiye garage because of their supports for Dapo Abiodun of APC.

"But as a bonafide son of Ogun state and in accordance with the Biblical injunction, I am of the opinion that those who initially threatened us are   afraid of the consequences of their earlier threats to us and that is why they  sponsored the rumour that I was planning violent take-over of motor parks in the state.

"I however, want to assure the people of the state that neither myself, nor any of my supporters is planning such evil. We also acknowledge that Alhaji Akeem Adeosun is one of our leaders in the state and can never be an ordinary floor member again.

" It is the union through our constitution or the government influence that determines who leads the union at state level just as the outgoing governor Ibikunle Amosun did in his (Adeosun) case."

- Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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