•Allegation baseless -Tokyo
THE Chairman, Oyo State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (aka Fele), has accused the former Chairman of the union in the state, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (aka Tokyo) of allegedly planning to unleash violence in the state ahead of the 2015 general elections.
In a statement signed by him and made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the state capital, Oyerinde urged security agencies in the state to keep a close eye on Tokyo, who, he claimed, is secretly training and recruiting boys he intends to use to unleash mayhem in the State.
According to him, Tokyo, who has been expelled from the union by the national headquarters, is allegedly plotting to cause chaos in the state to enable him take control of the union again through the backdoor.
The NURTW boss said, “He (Tokyo) was exposed some few weeks ago when his boys attacked some boys in Agbeni and claimed that they were my boys who attacked him, whereas he was only trying to blackmail me. I gathered from a reliable source that he is now working with one of the over-ambitious governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is using him to write petitions to security agencies in the state in order to blackmail the executives and some politicians in the state.
“I was informed on Thursday by my members that some security operatives brought a petition letter to the union’s office, but they didn’t collect the letter because I was not around. I am sure that it was Tokyo that is using security operatives to witch-hunt us.”
But in a swift reaction to the allegation, Akinsola in a telephone chat with The Nation described the allegation as baseless.
Calling on security agencies to quiz Fele and his supporters for their alleged violent activities, Akinsola added, “A court judgment that I am the authentic Chairman of Oyo NURTW is still standing and valid; they are the ones that are denying me my rightful status.
“I don’t have any governorship aspirant I am working for and I am not training people to disrupt the peace in the state.”