The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has issued as tern warning to drivers under the aegis of the the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in the state to avoid violence in their quest to effect a change of leadership in the union.
Ajimobi gave this warning following feelers from some quarters that a faction of the union was threatening to take over power from the incumbent, immediately a change of guard occurs at the state governorship level.
The governor issued this warning following report that a faction of the group has threatened to take over power from the current administration as soon as the governor hand over the helm of affairs on May 29.
But Governor Ajimobi while hosting the National President of the NURTW in his Ibadan governor’s office on a courtesy visit warned members of the group to desist from such endeavour disclosing that it can lead to violence and truncate the current peace in the state.
” Our administration came on board when the state was a garrison command. There was brigandage everywhere caused mainly by the activities of NURTW members. There were so many no-go-areas across the state, especially in Ibadan.
“We promised not to interfere in the activities of the union and restore peace to the state which we achieved tremendously. Our administration did very well by whatever yardstick anyone might intend to use and we are the most peaceful, successful and security-conscious administration in the history of the state.
“I am proud to say that whatever we have achieved today in Oyo State, especially in terms of peace and security, Alhaji Yasin and his executives contributed to it.
“On your election, just follow the law and do whatever the law says. Don’t bend it. And leaders must know that anywhere you are, don’t want to be there forever because you cannot be there forever.”
The NURTW boss, Yasin in his speech gave the assurance that nobody or group of people will forcefully take over the union’s leadership noting that the era of taking over motor parks with guns, cutlasses and violence is long gone in the history of the union in the state.
His statement partly reads below
“Your Excellency, we are here in Oyo State to meet our members and after the meeting, I felt it is important to visit you. We want to appreciate you for the peace that reigned in our union in the state.
“Since the inception of our union in Oyo State, we have never enjoyed relative peace like the one witnessed under your administration. Today, we have forgotten the era of using cutlass and other dangerous weapons to take over the leadership of the union in the state.
“Anyone who tries to take over unconstitutionally or violently should be ready to face the full wrath of the law. We are now affiliated to the International Transport Federation, and so we have gone beyond brigandage and violence.
“Some people have been going around that by May 29, another leadership is taking over but I have told them that it cannot be because it is against our unions constitution.
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