By Albert Akota
The Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) yesterday threatened to suspend Alhaji Musa Muhammed, Chairman of the dissolved Lagos State Executive Council, for allegedly disrupting the activities of the union.
National President of RTEAN, Mr Osakpanwan Eriyo, at a news conference in Abuja, insisted that the dissolution of the Lagos State Executive Council on Sept. 13 remained legal and binding.
Eriyo cited the expiration of the branch’s tenure as provided in Article 9(I) of the association’s constitution as the reason for the dissolution.
It would be recalled that Lagos State Executive Council members, on Monday disagreed with the action of the national body, describing the dissolution as illegal, null and void, saying that their tenure would lapse on Oct. 31.
They said that the resolution for the continuity of their executive committee had been passed at the chapel, zonal and state executive levels, adding that it had since been forwarded to the national body.
On the contrary, Eriyo, while insisting on the dissolution, urged Muhammed to refrain from interfering with the activities of the caretaker committee constituted to manage the affairs of the branch, pending the emergence of new executive members.
He said: “Every member of the union as well as members of the dissolved Lagos State Executive Council have the right to contest. Members of the dissolved executive can therefore re-contest.”
“It is unfortunate because there are series of petitions against Muhammed by the same people he claimed endorsed him for a second term in office.
“I was invited to Lagos to affirm his continuity bid, but only for me to realise that he forged signatories to an endorsement for second term in office.
“It is evident that Muhammed forged the signatures of those people he claimed unanimously resolved to support his second term bid.
“I cannot affirm that, because union members have petitions against him.
“Rather than allow the police to carry out their investigations, Muhammed had gone ahead to invade the state secretariat with thugs and disrupted the activities of the caretaker committee.
“We don’t want him to take laws into his hands, neither do we expect our supporters to take laws into their hands.
“He was sworn in on June 26, 2014 and his tenure of five years has elapsed, however, he has the right to recontest.
“The national body will have no option than to suspend or dismiss him from the union if he fails to respect the authority,’’ Eryo said.
On his alleged expulsion as the National President, Eriyo said that the people who held a news conference in Lagos do not constitute the union’s National Executive Council (NEC).