Debo Adeoye – Ibadan
Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, former Acting Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oyo State threatened that the current leadership of the Union must vacate office on May 29. He, therefore, told journalists on Tuesday that there was no need for the reported forceful take over of some motor parks after the declaration of Mr. Seyi Makinde as the winner of last Saturday’s election.
Meanwhile, in his address Auxiliary called on the Commissioner of Police in the state, Director of State Security Services and other law enforcement agencies in the state to arrest anybody found disturbing the peace of the state.
He justified his position on the existing understanding among union members that once a new government takes over, the union leadership naturally change hands.
Mukaila said “why would I order anybody to go and take over motor parks in Oyo state? I have not and will not order anybody to take over motor parks. We have a way we do our things and certainly, not by forceful take over of motor parks.
“Let me set the record straight that I was the deputy state chairman to my late boss, Lateef Salako (a.k.a. Eleweomo) and was serving as acting chairman of the union in the state for about two months before the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi. But when Governor Ajimobi took over, Taofeek Oyerinde (a.k.a. Fele), Abideen Olajide (a.k.a. Ejiogbe); Musa Alubankudi and Tiri Olowoposi came to Iwo road to take over, we did not resist them and they took charge.
“We are all witnesses to the scenario that installed this current administration, the situation is the same now. They have had their time, it’s our time. I am sure they won’t contest it.
“NURTW profession is different now, the current chairman knows the rule. During our own time, we abide by it, it is their time, they should abide by the current situation. It is God that crowns and God has spoken,” Mukaila stressed.
He however denied that they have a godfather or politician who installs leadership of the union, noting that “we have no godfather among the politicians, our godfathers are in Abuja.”