Protest in Ondo as NURTW members kick against alleged Imposition of Idajo

Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ondo State on Thursday protested against what they described as the interference of the state government in the affairs of the state council of the union.

The union members who came from all branches trooped out in their large numbers to protest the alleged plan by the state government to impose the immediate past chairman of the union, Jacob Adebo(a.k.a Idajo), for a second term.

The protesting drivers who converged on Owo, Owo Local Government Area of the state, disclosed that there was a ploy by some individuals in the corridor of power in the state to use the state machinery to proscribe the union if members of the union refused the imposition of the immediate past chairman.

The union, however, advised the state government to allow the Constitution of the union which prescribed election to take its full course.

Speaking on behalf of the Union, Comrade Gbenga Ijalade, who appealed to members of the union to be peaceful, said, “We won’t fight if they proscribe our union, we won’t fight, but we will wait till election season when we will choose the candidate that will not punish us.”

According to him, “they have been threatened us that if we do not allow them to impose Jacob Adebo on us, they said they will proscribe our union.

“Idajo has one vote among over 5000 drivers in our state. The majority decides, but they want to impose. From our work, we send our children to school.
We will adhere strictly to the court judgement. We have resolved not to withdraw the case from the court.”

Ijalade stated that the protest became necessary to draw the attention of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to the imposition and proscription plan by some faceless people in his administration.

He disclosed that the union insisted on the election in line with the dictate of its constitution rather imposition which ran contrary to the union’s constitution.

The union, however, threatened to withdraw its support for the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the next general elections if the state government eventually proscribes the union to impose Adebo on them.

The union members flaunted their Permanent Voter’s Card(PVC) to express their readiness to rescue the union from government interference like other professional unions,
like other professional unions.

“NURTW is beyond thuggery. We are not buying weapons. Keep your PVC and ensure our children who just attained 18 years get registered at the nearest INEC office. With our family members, we are more than 25,000 voters in this state.

“We urged our national leadership to follow the constitution of our union. We don’t want the state government to take a side with anyone.

“Our national headquarters had written to the state government to allow our union to hold our election, but we were not allowed to hold the election.”

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