Crisis Looms In Ondo As State NURTW EXCO Delays Fresh Elections

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The alleged refusal of the present executives to allow for election despite the expiration of their tenure, may end in another fracas among members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ondo State

A faction of the union has therefore called on the National Secretariat of the union to dissolve the state EXCO to avoid blood-letting and violence that usually characterise the change of leadership of the union.

The present executives’ four year tenure led by Chief Obayoriade Oladutele is said to have lapsed on April 19, 2013, but the executives remained in power ever since, with no plans of fresh elections apparent.

A faction of the union named Peace Movement in a letter written to both the governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and the leadership of the union, said they should prevail on the present executive to dissolve the state union and organise an election.

The Secretary of the Peace Movement Mayowa Olofinniyi said the present executive assumed office in May 2009.

Olofiniyi said the Section 17 of the NURTW constitution empowers the national body to dissolve the state executive following the expiration of their tenure.

The Peace Movement in another letter to the governor said, “in oder to ensure peace in all the branches of NURTW in Ondo State we implore your office to instruct the EXCO to set machinery in motion for the conduct of fresh election.

In his reaction, an aide to the state Chairman, Chief Oladutele, denied that the present EXCO does not want to leave office. Rather, he said, that the other faction should wait for the directive from national secretariat of the union for the dissolution of the EXCO.

He promised that the present EXCO will not stay a day longer in office as soon as the national secretariat gives directive.

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