The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, has accused the Presidency of promoting discord among its members by receiving a splinter group led by Mr. Musa Isewele.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, the supposedly authentic National President of RTEAN, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s reported reception of Isewele on January 3 at the presidential villa had further provoked members of the association.
Sadiq said the visit was “prejudicial, misleading, a misrepresentation and uncalled for” because it was capable of causing a breakdown of public peace and breaching security in all motor parks across the country.
Sadiq expressed concern that despite the fact that top government officials were in the know of a subsisting court case against the Isewele faction, they were allowed to visit Jonathan under the guise that they are the authentic leaders of RTEAN.
Sadiq recalled that Isewele’s faction had shunned previous reconciliatory meetings called by the Ministry of Labour, the Senate and the National President of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alh. Usman Yasin.
“It is on this note that we want the general public to be aware that the antics of Musa Isewele is fraudulent in collaboration with some presidential aides towards misinforming Mr. President and misleading the general public to his fallacious and convenient claims to the leadership of our association which is unacceptable to the vast majority members of our association”, he said.
Information Nigeria reports that it was at the meeting with the Isewele faction that President Jonathan explained that his administration’s policies were not meant to punish Nigerians but in the overall interest of the country.