Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta
There was palpable tension in some parts of Ogun State on Monday, following a threat by a faction of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) to take over the control of parks in the state.
Addressing journalists in Abeokuta, the leader of the group, Lateef Yekini, claimed that his group was in possession of the original certificate of the association, stressing, that he was set to resume work yesterday (January 1), following the expiration of the tenure of the current leadership of Shamsudeen Apelogun on Sunday.
According to Yekini, he said the leadership of Apelogun whose tenure lapsed on Sunday, was returned for another five years tenure after the amendment of the constitution of the union which was allegedly unveiled by Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
But instead, Yekini insisted that it was his turn to lead the union after the stipulated constitutional years of the tenure of Apelogun, vowing that his boys would take over all the branches in the state on January 1.
In order to save the situation, in a swift reaction, the authorities of the Ogun State police authorities disclosed that they had uncovered a clandestine move by some disgruntled elements to infiltrate a transport union leadership thereby, causing the breach of public peace.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement at the weekend, said the group is claiming to be a faction of one of the legally recognized transport unions in the state without any legal backing.
Oyeyemi, however, said the command has uncovered plots to forment crisis in the transport union activities from today.
“The command wishes to reiterate its commitment to maintaining peace and order, as well as the protection of lives and property of the good and law abiding citizens of the state.
“The transport unions that passed through the normal legislative procedure and legally recognised constitution in the state are; the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employee Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) and Articulated Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN).
“Anybody or group claiming to be a faction of any of the above mentioned unions with the aim of causing pandemonium in the state will face the full weight of the law,” said the police spokesman.
Similarly, the Ogun State Government warned against any attempt by the Yekini-led group to distrupt the existing peace in the state, admonishing the factional leadership to stay away from the parks and garages in the state.
The state government’s position was contained in a statement issued through the General Manager, Parks and Garages, Ayo Ogunsolu, adding that, it recognises ACOMORAN-led by Shamsudeen Apelogun.
However, in his reaction, the Secretary of ACOMORAN in the state, Kayode Showunmi, said the union had no faction, adding that Yekini was no more a member of the union.
Showunmi explained that Yekini lost his membership in 2011 when he embezzled the union’s money which led to his arraignment and subsequent conviction in a court of law.
He said both the state and federal governments recognise and relate with Apelogun as the Chairman of ACOMORAN.