Lagos transport operators’ crisis: Oluomo sues for peace

NURTW

It is no longer news the crises in the fold of the Lagos Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

The crises which had claimed lives, properties and disrupted economic activities in the past, may be on its way to a final end if the NURTW leaders can resolve their differences.

Though as a fresh crisis looms in the Lagos Chapter of the Union, State Treasurer and Oshodi Branch Chairman of the organisation, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (alias MC Oluomo), has said he has since been appealing for calm among all members.

Oluomo has however urged members of the group to keep calm and not create further trouble that will affect the wind of change that the government of the state has promised.

He has passionately appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, and all other relevant stakeholders to quickly call Alhaji Agbede to order so as to avert unnecessary crisis in the state.

The Lagos Chapter of the Union is currently in crisis while the supporters of MC Olumo have insisted that due process was not maintained during the election in which Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede was re – elected as its chairman.

According to information made available to the media, the election, which was scheduled officially to hold on 19 October 2015 at the Excellence Hotel in Ogba area of Lagos State, was allegedly manipulated by Agbede as it was also held at 6:00am instead of the specified 10am time earlier announced. This was said to have happened in connivance with some state executive members loyal to him.

Comrade Saula Yusuf, a Branch Chairman of Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS) in Igando area pf the state also complained that loyalists of MC Oluomo, including himself, were illegally being removed as branch chairmen, warning that state might witness severe crisis if the illegal activities of Alhaji Agbede and his loyalists are not quickly checked.

While appealing to members to keep the peace in the face of alleged provocation, Alhaji Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo gave an assurance that everything would be done to make sure due process was followed to elect legitimate state executives in a peaceful process devoid of imposition.

He decried a situation where Agbede had continued to take laws into his by “illegally dissolving branches executives of the union not loyal to him and imposing caretaker committee with his loyalists to perpetuate himself in power illegally.”

The affected union branches, according to him, are Alimosho Branch D, Ikeja Branch D, Onigbongbo Branch A and the Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS).

According to Oluomo, the people Agbede was imposing as caretaker committees to replace the dissolved branches were those that worked for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, while the people being removed unjustly were on the side of All Progressives Party (APC) and ensured its victory in the last general election.

Meanwhile, Agbede was not available to defend the allegation before the media due to his other schedules.

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