13th September, 2010
The National Executive Council of the Road Transport Employersâ€™ Association of NigeriaÂ (RTEAN) has denounced a statement credited to Alhaji Megasu Akinpelu, the South West zonalÂ chairman of the union giving recognition to a caretaker committee reconstituted by theÂ National President, Elder Femi Ajewole, to replace the existing one legally constituted byÂ NEC to administer the affairs of Lagos branch of the association.
National Secretary-General of the association, Alhaji Danlami Garba Navom, decribed theÂ action of the zonal chairman as ”disobedience” and a negation of Article 69A (1) (IV & V)Â of the association’s constitution which states that the zones/states shall be answerable andÂ responsible to the national body/executive committee and the affairs of the associationÂ shall be entrusted to the National Executive Council in respect of matters affecting theÂ zones and states.
Alhaji Navom declared that the zones do not have the power to give directives to the statesÂ without consulting the NEC.
Navom stated further that ”the caretaker committee for the Lagos State branch is intact andÂ duly recognized by the relevant government agencies and security organs in the state.”
”No amount of intimidation can deter it or constrain it to accepting illegality andÂ falsehood as it remains focused in conducting elections to the new executive very soon.”
The Chairman of the caretaker committee, Alhaji Mohammed Musa, has advised teeming membersÂ of the association in Lagos State to go about their normal businesses and to promptly attendÂ the weekly meetings without fear of molestation by the disgruntled members trying to causeÂ disaffection.
He assured that the caretaker committee would not be distracted from carrying out itsÂ legitimate functions, adding that adequate security had been provided to ward off any threatÂ to peace and public order.
â€œThe era of godfatherism, selection and imposition of candidates is over. Plans are in topÂ gear to conduct a credible, free and fair elections in Lagos State that will put in placeÂ the new executive for another five-year term,” he declared.