Ogun NURTW chairman douses tension over succession battle

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Ogun state Chairman of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers Alh Akeem Adeosun has allayed the fears of the public over a palpable tension which is currently gathering momentum prior to the union’s coming election. 

According to the union’s constitution, the sitting executive is supposed to hand over through an election in October 2019.

The Chairman spoke at a meeting of the union where he told other, branches and units executives that his tenure will lapse by October.

Adeosun also said that the union has been experiencing a positive reform which has suspended thuggery among other vices under the leadership of the incumbent national chairman of the union, Alh Najeem Yasin, adding that such horrible experience will not repeat itself again particularly in Ogun state.

Adeosun also confirmed rumours that some members of the union are already warming up to take over the leadership of the union immediately the sitting governor hands over.

Adeosun, however, debunked any of such eagerness saying he will remain in office till October.

During the meeting, a member displayed his shirt stained with blood claiming that a faction of union dealt with him for resolving to attend the state scheduled meeting.

 Although the name of the factional leader and the victim of the attack was not mentioned, Adeosun vehemently vowed to deal with anyone who transgressed against the constitution ruthlessly.

His words, “We are hearing rumours across the state amongst our members, that, some people want to take over the leadership of our garages through the old means where people overthrow leadership with the use of gun and cutlasses.

“So today, we have called our people to remind them of the position of our constitution and to as well sound a note of warning that anyone caught in any act that could undermine the union will be duly dealt with.

“We have a constitution and by that constitution, our tenure will elapse by October this year, So, people should wait for their own time and when the time comes they would buy forms and either by election or consensus we will have new executives.

“For over ten years, we haven’t experienced any form of violence in this state and it is not going to start now. Our union is different from politics and we cannot continue in the old ways and that is why we are here today” He added.

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