By Dayo Johnson
AFTER six years of lingering leadership crisis that had threatened peace and tranquility in Ondo State, the Lawmakers in the state yesterday threatened to disband the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) .
The Lawmakers issued the threat at a peace meeting to resolve the crisis between Chief Solomon Adejayan-led faction and the Oladuntele Obayoriade-led faction.
To show the seriousness of the crisis the National President of the NURTW, Alhaji Gidado Haman, led other members of executive of the union to the peace meeting.
Representatives of the Security personnel in the state equally attended the meeting while the Commissioner for Transport, Chief Omoniyi Omodara led the government delegation
Adejayan was forcefully sacked from office in April by the Obayoriade faction leading to violence in the state and he was driven out of the state with his supporters.
The Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mayowa Akinfolarin said the Assembly was after the resolution of the lingering crisis in the union and may be forced to take drastic action if they failed to embrace peace.
While Adejayan agreed to the peace talks to resolve the crisis, the other faction said the matter was already in court and it would be subjudice for the lawmakers to discuss such.
But Akinfolarin said â€œWe can disband the NURTW in Ondo State if we know that your existence will continue to be a threat to the lives of our people. We have the constitutional power to do so. But before we get to that stage, I appeal to you all to allow us to resolve the crisis amicably.â€
Also contributing the National President of the NURTW also threatened that the national secretariat of the union could dissolve the leadership of the union in the state if the warring factions continued in a way which would constitute threat to the peace of the people of the state.
According to Haman, â€œI prefer to lose my seat to losing a member. Nobody came to the world with NURTWâ€™s position and we will not take it to heaven”.
The State Police Commissioner Donald Iroham, said the police would not allow any group to breach the peace being enjoyed in the state. Iroham was represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mr. Tunde Gbolarunmi.
The meeting after much argument agreed to hold another peace meeting at a later date.
According to the Deputy Speaker the next meeting would be attended by four persons from each of the two factions while the Ministry of Transport, the security operatives and the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC in the State would be represented by one person each .