NURTW Crisis Deepens, Faction Seeks Dissolution Of EXCO
The leadership crisis that had rocked the Local branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Plateau State, has deepened with a faction calling on state executive to dissolve the inaugurated Exco of Yelwa-Shendam.
The call for the dissolution of the Yelwa-Shadam zone II was contained in petition to the state council of the Union signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Kano, Yusuf Suleiman, Ya’u Ma’aji and all the 80 concern members of the Union.
The faction members said no election forms were sold to them for contest into the offices of the branch election and also no election or consensus was reached but the exco were sworn-in by the state executive.
“It should be noted also that while the said inauguration took place, the forms purported purchased by the Exco were not Filled and Submitted to the NURTW
“the group expressed regret that while the said inauguration took place, the forms purported purchased by the Exco were not Filled and Submitted to the committee and up to the time we returned to Yelwa, the forms were not filled nor return,” the reads in part.
It further said: “It smacks of a hiding agenda that people were sworn-in and inaugurated without their official forms being Filled and Submitted. We gathered these facts from the branch secretary.”
The faction alleged that both the Secretary of Shendam Local Government Council, the caretaker councillor representing Yelwa in the council, the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC), the relatives of state governor Simon Lalong as well as the state treasurer of the Union was behind the problem.
“The Chairman on seat (nephew to Governor Simon Lalong), whose name is Yusuf katungu, a brother to the governor by name Audu Luti, and also the junior brother to the governor in person of Alh Nuhu Kuka who is now the state treasurer of the Union have all been threaten us about the issue,” Suleiman said.
According to him the LGA’s APC chairman Awwalu Hamza aka Awwal Architect, was also a party to the, “illegal inauguration of the exco.
The petitions recommended that since the Exco was not properly elected by popular votes or consensus they should be dissolved and care taker committee be set up to run the affairs of the branch; “pending when all issues were resolved.”
“Failure to do so, will leave us with no option but to find a way we can defend the interest of our teaming members,” they threaten us and up to the time we returned to Yelwa, the forms were not filled nor return,” the reads in part.