Ahead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, on Tuesday, called on politicians not to drag its members into politics.
The chairman of the union in the state, Chief Ariyo Adetula who stated this in Akure, the state capital, frowned on the comment of the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Honourable Isaac Kekemeke, who allegedly labelled members of the union as thugs.
Adetula, who threatened to head to court if the APC chairman failed to retract the statement within seven days, said it was derogatory linking NURTW members with thuggery and political hooliganism.
He noted that the union in the state had been one of the most coordinated unions in the country, saying “the NURTW in the state has been peaceful in the last eight years since the Governor Olusegun Mimiko-led administration came on board.”
“Ondo State is known to be one of the peaceful states in the country and APC should not drag our members into party affairs,” he said.
Adetula said a faction of the party in the state was harbouring some old members and disgruntled elements of the union, who have ceased to be members of the union, to fuel crisis.
He said “We want the APC chairman to correct the notion that we are troublemakers. We are responsible citizens of the state and members of a trade union and not members of any political party.”