OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
The hope of the court-reinstated Chairman of the Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola aka Tokyo to reclaim his mandate dimmed weekend as the National President of the union, Alhaji Nojeem Usman Yasin inaugurated a newly-elected 21-member State Administrative Council (SAC) of the Oyo NURTW led by Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde a.k.a. Fele.
But, Tokyo vowed that the inauguration of the men was a kangaroo one that would not stand the test of time.
To him, since the case is in court, what the secretariat has done was an exercise in futility.
Also, corroborating the reaction of Tokyo, a group led by one Hamid Yussuf described the action as a “judicial suicide”
Making reference to all cases in his favour, the group called on well-meaning Nigerians, the Nigerian Bar Association to say no to this disregard to judicial process.
“The swearing in was a step to ridicule and make mockery of the judiciary in the country”, the group said.
According to the national secretariat of the union, by virtue of the oath of office Fele has just taken he should henceforth see himself as the duly-elected Chairman of the NURTW in Oyo State.
Yasin further stated that the union was not a personal property of anyone.
Members of the newly-inaugurated State Administrative Council of the Oyo NURTW included Comrade Akin James (State Secretary); Elder Lekan Aleshinloye (Assistant Secretary); Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku (Deputy Chairman); Alhaji Abideen Olajide (Vice Chairman); Alhaji Ademola Adeoye (State Treasurer); Elder Joseph Odeyemi (Assistant Treasurer); Alhaji Musa Adeleke (Financial Secretary); Alhaji Abass Adigun (State Auditor) and Alhaji Kasali Lawal (Assistant Auditor).
Many of them were close associates to Tokyo.
Tokyo has been clamouring for his reinstatement as the chairman of the union since the administration of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Yasin further said several Canadian investors had concluded investment plans with Oyo State Government in the area of industrialization following the on-going peace processes across the Pacesetter State spearheaded by the present administration.
He noted that the past six months of Caretaker Chairmanship of Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde in the Oyo NURTW was a success.
Alhaji Yasin added that in effecting positive change in the society, nobody should claim to have the monopoly of wisdom noting “the NURTW, as a registered trade union, is not a personal property of anybody.”
To the newly sworn in, he said, “You should always do your best and leave the rest for posterity,”.
He urged members of the union across the state to embrace peace in all its ramifications and shun acts of lawlessness and hooliganism in the new spirit of transformation and restoration.
He commended Oyo State Governor, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi for his ‘uncommon maturity’ in ensuring that peace reigned in the state, promising that the union would collaborate with the administration in achieving its goals of restoring the state to its old glory.
Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, responding promised to live up to expectations by making sure war against all acts of thuggery and other social vices at motor parks in the 33 Local Government Areas of the state are tackled.