BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE—MEMBERS of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Akure last weekend engaged in a violent clash over an attempt to change the leadership of the union.
It was learnt that a faction of union invaded the state secretariat of the union on Ado Road and attempted to sack the State Executive Committee led by Obayoriade Olajutele (a.k.a Die the Matter).
Members of the public ran for cover as proponents of the mischief fought with dangerous weapons. It was the timely intervention of police that saved the situation from degenerating within the metropolis.
The warring faction of the NURTW had reportedly attempted to seize control of some motor-parks. As a result, the fight spread to the major streets including the popular Oba-Adesida Road, causing residents to flee.
Leadership crisis in the union started shortly after the last governorship election in the state when a faction of the NURTW decided to take over the leadership of the union.The faction is calling for another leadership to run the affairs of the union after the last governorship election.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adeniran Aremu, confirmed the clash in Akure when contacted.Aremu said the police are on top of the situation, adding that calm and peace had since returned to the parks across the state.
The Ondo state government, in a press statement by the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, condemned the violent unrest by some members of the drivers’ union.
Akinmade expressed dismay over the drivers’ unruly behaviour, adding that the state government would not tolerate any act by individual or groups to undermine the existing peace and harmony in the state.
He said that “The state government wishes to restate its confidence in the leadership of the state executive committee of the NURTW led by Chief Oladutele Obayoriade, a.k.a Die-the-Matter.”
Akinmade assured the people of Ondo State of adequate security of lives and property.