• Says he is not a member of RTEAN
Alhaji Lateef Akinsola, a.k.a. Tokyo, has again stressed that he remains the authentic chairman of the state NURTW by virtue of the court judgments in his favour.
Akinsola, stated this while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune at his Akobo, Ibadan residence in reaction to rumour making the rounds that he was the mastermind of the recent clash between the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ibadan.
He noted that: “Based on the two Federal High court judgments and that of the Court of Appeal in my favour, It is a known fact that I am the authentic chairman of the NURTW in Oyo State and the only thing I could do now is to appeal to the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to allow the judgment to stand by instructing the commissioner of police to effect the said judgment.”
Akinsola further said that he was not behind the NURTW/RTEAN crisis, adding that it was the handiwork of some group of people who believed in causing trouble and using it to smear the image of targeted individuals. “I cannot cause trouble. Those who were behind the crisis when I was in office are in various prisons as I speak. As a matter of fact, the RTEAN in question is not affiliated to either Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) or Trade Union Congress (TUC). So, I see no reason for their being recognised in the first instance.
“Therefore, I want the people of Oyo State to have it at the back of their mind that I was not responsible for the recent violence in Ibadan and I will never be part of such. The truth of the matter is that those who indulge in these acts are drunkard and heavy smokers. I have never taken alcohol in my life and I have never smoke cigarette or indian hemp.”
He, however, commended the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Leye Oyebade, for the prevailing peace in the state, saying that Oyo State has never had it this good in terms of peace and the security of lives and properties.