NURTW leaders have backed MC Oluomo.
- Some of the union leaders accused the national secretariat of meddling into affairs of the state council.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that some leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at the national body and elders of the union in Lagos State have declared their support for embattled Lagos Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo).
According to them, the union’s National President, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa, was being overbearing. They also accused the national secretariat of meddling into affairs of the state council.
Vice President of the union Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede said the constitution allows the state council to run affairs of the tricycle and motorcycle operators.
Agbede also accused Baruwa of neglecting the structures of the union in going about his official duties.
“Another mistake made by the national headquarters is the neglect of the structures. I am the National Vice President in charge of Southwest, but the headquarters doesn’t involve me in any issue going in my zone. It is not appropriate. Let us learn to do things appropriately,” he added.
Special Adviser to National President Alhaji Alamu Otegbeye said union leaders won’t allow Baruwa to destabilise the state council. He promised to join other leaders to expel anyone hobnobbing with Baruwa to destroy the Lagos state council.
According to him, the administration of Akinsanya has been peaceful since coming on board.
Former NURTW Lagos State Council Chairman Alhaji Alao Adewuyi accused Baruwa of not respecting elders in the union.
Adewuyi warned those fraternising with him to destabilise Lagos to desist or face the music.
“We cannot allow a peaceful atmosphere we’re enjoying now be truncated because of selfish agenda of some people. We support actions taken by Akinsanya and members of the union in the state,” he said.
Senior Special Adviser to National Present Stephen Falusi said he was surprised by Baruwa’s action.
“We’re not fighting the national body; we only want those in Abuja to abide by the union’s constitution and stop creating crisis. We, the elders, are with Akinsanya on this matter. This association is too big to be rubbished by anyone. We have graduates and educated people among us, so we can’t run it like a lawless organisation. We are disappointed in the actions of the national body,” Falusi said.
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