27th September, 2012
The feud between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the erstwhile Chairman of the state National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Alhaji Lateef Akinsola alias Tokyo has continued to worsen.
PM NEWS gathered that the reason behind the crisis is the failure of Governor Ajimobi to fulfil his alleged promise of reinstating Tokyo as NURTW’s chairman, the act Tokyo described as a betrayal.
Tokyo, in a chat with PM NEWS described Governor Ajimobi as a traitor who reneged on reinstating him as the union chairman despite the fact that the court has declared him the authentic chairman of the union in the state. He described the governor’s act as a betrayal as he midwifed the setting up of a caretaker committee led by Comrade Taofeek Oyerinde, alias Fele to be running the union.
He said, “During the campaign, Ajimobi came to me to solicit for my support. He promised that if he wins the election, he will obey the court judgment and reinstate me back to my position as the chairman of NURTW in Oyo State. I legitimately worked for him and ensured that I didn’t allow his votes to be stolen. But when he got to the office, he stabbed me in the back. He forgot his promise. He worked with the national body of our union and he installed Fele who is my boy. What Ajimobi did is bad”.
Tokyo claimed that going by the judgment of the National Industrial Court, NIC, his tenure has not expired asking the caretaker committee of the union to vacate office for himas he declared, “I stand on the judgment”.
The NURTW former chairman however appealed to Senator Ajimobi to allow the judgment of the NIC on the state chapter of the NURTW prevail adding, “We are using this opportunity to appeal to Governor Ajimobi to let the judgment of the National Industrial Court on Oyo NURTW prevail. In making this appeal, we are urging Governor Ajimobi to also respect the slogan of his political party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which is ‘Democracy for Justice’ as we similarly believe that if there is no justice, there can never be peace; and if there is no peace, there will be anarchy. And that is why the court of law is the last hope of the common man.”
He further berated Governor Ajimobi for his impunity against the court judgment reiterating that on July 12, 2012, court overruled the state government over the application to arrest its earlier judgment that he (Tokyo) be reinstated as the chairman of the union.
“Instead of the government to abide by the judgment, it ignored the court order and went ahead to appoint an illegal 14-man caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the union”, he noted.
But the Oyo State Government has described the statement credited to Tokyo that there was an agreement between them as ruse.
In one of the statements signed by the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Ajimobi, Dr. Festus Adedayo simply said, “The allegation is certainly not true”.
He explained, “The transporters must have transposed yesterday into today, assuming that the situation which used to obtain, where government abetted one group to lord it over the other, is what obtains in this present government. Government has severally underscored its support for a new dawn in the transport sector of the state economy. It supports a management of road transport workers that is non-violent and is a clear departure from the chaos of the past. This government is thus supporting no one, be it Tokyo or Osaka; Auxiliary or Authentic”.