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Tokyo Dissociates Self from NURTW, RTEAN Violence in Ibadan

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Lateef Akinsola popularly known as ‘Tokyo’, has dispelled the rumour that he was behind the recent clash between the union and members of its sister body, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), pointing out that the rumour emanated from his detractors who were trying to pull him down.

Akinsola told newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday that the speculation that he was the mastermind of the fracas between the two unions was false and malicious.

According to him: “How can I instigate crisis against a union that I am the legal chairman?

“I have judgements from the Federal High Court and the Appeal Court that affirmed me as the authentic chairman.”

“The judgement has not been implemented by some political interests,” he added.

Akinsola maintained that he is still a bonafide member and the recognised chairman of NURTW by law and not a member of RTEAN as being speculated in some quarters, explaining that RTEAN is not an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) like the NURTW, saying that NURTW has its base at the motor parks.

Speaking further, he noted that, “the NURTW and RTEAN cannot work together because there will be unrest at the parks.”

He therefore implored Governor Abiola Ajimobi to allow the rule of law to prevail in the NURTW, denying the governor’s submission that he was synonymous with crisis in the state.

“I drove buses for almost seventeen years without accident and I have never killed anyone.

“I am a peace-loving and law abiding citizen. I never drank alcohol or smoked in my life.

“No death was recorded under my interrupted administration as chairman of the union.

“Those that are engaged in crisis are now at Agodi,” he disclosed.

Akinsola said that he was ready to sign an undertaking to ensure that peace reigns supreme in the union at large.

He used the medium to commend the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Leye Oyebade, for his efforts at curtailing the high rate of crime and kidnappings in the state.

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