Ogun NURTW leadership tussle: Yasin sues for peaceful election threatens showdown with violent members

Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The National President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nojeemdeen Yasin and the Ogun state Chairman of the union, Akeem Adeosun have unanimously sued their members to be peaceful in the conduct of the union’s general elections coming up later this year.

The duo made the call on Monday, while addressing a cross-section of stakeholders at the Ogun state secretariat of the union in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Yasin disclosed that the union would hold a national delegates conference in August where new executives would be elected, while states councils would have elections two months later.

His words, “We have put a transition committee in place for the leadership of the union from the National Secretariat. By August we will have a national delegate conference where I will step down as the President of the union to elect new set of national executives.

“Two months after that, elections into the various offices to the 36 states councils will commence. I hereby use this opportunity to call on the members of the union in Ogun state to remain calm, when the time comes, we would have democratic leaders in the union.”

Speaking on the national election, Yasin said there are 18 offices in the national executives and they have been shared among the six geopolitical zones in the country.

“We have 18 offices and it has been zoned to the six geopolitical zones in the country. We have zoned the President of the union to the Southwest and as well as Vice President and the national trustee to the same zone.

“By 15th of this month, the leadership of the union will be going to the zonal office in Osogbo to elect leaders for the said offices to represent the southwest at the national level.”

Yasin also maintained that the union would no longer tolerate violent and forceful takeovers of garages and motor parks as any members found wanting would be disowned.

“My message to the entire members of the Ogun state National Union of Road Transport Workers is that the era of using cutlasses and guns to take over garages in this union has been a thing of the past.

“There should be no takeover, anyone who makes such attempt to take over motor parks would be disowned and the law will take its course”, he stated.

In the same vein, Adeosun popularly known as JANGO pledged that the union in Ogun state would organize a peaceful election as advised by the national leader of the union.

“Before the coming of our national leader to Ogun state, leaders in Ogun state had gone to Abuja for a peace meeting where we were advised to embrace peace and not indulge in any form of violence. And I know that we would have an itch-free election.” He said.

Earlier in the day, the transporters’ leader with his entourage had paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state to register their willingness to have a violent free leadership transition.

In his response, the Governor of the state Senator Ibikunle Amosun appreciated the union for promoting peace in the State since he assumed office as Governor of the state.

He said “Ogun State cannot afford to go back to those dark days. That era is gone. There will be no macheting, thuggery in this State. Our State is now at the forefront of Security in the country. Ogun State is now on autopilot where law and order is entrenched. Roadside thuggery should never come up even after the end of tenure.”

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