The plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use vehicles, belonging to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), to convey its personnel and distribute electoral materials during the forthcoming elections is like asking a cat to keep watch over fried meat or Suya.
You’ll agree with me that could be very tempting!
And it is even more than likely for members of a union with a reputation for working for politicians, who had often use them to snatch ballot boxes during voting and also disrupt elections.
May be Prof. Attahiru Jega does not know how notorious members of the transport union are, especially in this part of the country.
In Oyo State for example, the inglorious roles of former chairmen of the union: Alhaji Lateef Akinsola a.k.a. Tokyo, Mukaila Lamidi a.k.a. Auxilliary and the late Lateef Salako also known as Eleweomo, in all the elections conducted since 1999 are well known.
Remember that Eleweomo was killed at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ward Congress in Ona Ara. What was he doing there?
Therefore, engaging the NURTW that has a factionalised state leadership that often than not has partisan interest for such a sensitive assignment as distribution of election materials is likely to undermine the process, going by the antecedents of the union across the South – west.