Leadership crisis is looming in the Edo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) over the union’s endorsement of the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).
One Comrade Warriman Erhengbo had on Tuesday led some supposed members of the union to adopt the candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP and said the union suffered proscription under the APC administration.
But Comrade Odion Olaye yesterday denied reports that the union has endorsed the governorship candidate of the PDP.
Olaye told our reporters yesterday that the union was behind the APC candidate, Dr. Godwin Obaseki in the September 10 governorship election.
He said he was sworn-in last month for another term in office by the National President of the union, Alhaji Nojeem Yasin.
Olaye described as untrue claims by Comrade Erhengbo that the state government proscribed activities of the union in the state.
He said: “I have my certificate right here in my office. I know Erhengbo as a security man at Egor. I was sworn-in by the National President, Alhaji Nojeem Yasin, with the General Secretary, Comrade Clement Wesco.
“After my swearing-in, we all went to pay a courtesy visit on Governor Adams Oshiomhole. So, I am shocked when we read about somebody saying NURTW is supporting Ize-Iyamu. If that impostor wants to play politics, he should play it somewhere else. We have said it before now that we are backing the APC-led government in the state, because they have impacted positively on the lives of our people.
“So, we are backing Godwin Obaseki for governorship. And it is also not true that the state government banned our association. We are working in collaboration with Road Employers Association in rural areas. We have a 40/60 per cent agreement. The governor also promised us that we will soon commence operation in the areas we are not operating; we are working out the modalities.”
He added: “We are appealing to the Commissioner of Police to arrest Erhengbo because he is using the name of our union to play politics. We are backing Obaseki based on the performance of the APC-led government in the state and his antecedent as a financial expert”.