Some aggrieved members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ogun State on Tuesday sued the national executive of the Union and 12 others to court over the conduct of the Union’s election in the state.
Switch Nigeria reports that other respondents in the suit to be heard at the National Industrial Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital includes State Executives of the NURTW in Ogun State.
NURTW told our reporter that the aggrieved members are Haruna Adekonjo, Lukman Ajuwon, Jimoh Ajagbe, Funmilayo Odungbose, Sikiru Shoda and Jamiu Balogun.
The claimants, represented by Chief Olusesan Bankole, told the court that his clients were challenging the legality of the election purportedly held into the positions of the NURTW in Ogun State.
Bankole alleged that the National body of the Union denied his clients the right to participate in the election conducted on the 2nd of November, 2019.
The counsel said that the National body of the Union prevented his clients from participating in the election by denying them the right to get the appropriate forms and other relevant documents.
Bankole said that the election into the positions of Ogun NURTW was conducted on November 2 at 2am inside a hotel in Ijebu-Ode
He said that the National body of the Union was also biased in the manner in which it conducted the election and prayed the court not to recognise the outcome.
Bankole further prayed the court for an extension of time to tender some documents germane in prosecuting the matter and as well respond to application on jurisdiction filed by the respondents’ counsel, Mr. Olumide Akinbinu.
Akinbinu told the court that the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter was filed on December 28, 2019.
Justice Peter Dada, however, appealed to the parties to explore amicable resolution of the matter to ensure peace, saying both parties would not be happy if the court should be left to decide on the matter.
“One side will definitely be sad while the other will be happy by the court judgment.
“It is when you settle the matter peacefully among yourselves that both sides will be happy”. Justice Dada said.
The case has been adjourned till May 17 for hearing of the application.