Power tussle claims lives at Udu as Delta transport union chairman accuses Udu council boss of allowing banned union to operate

Chairman of the Delta state council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Ifeanyi Obi, has condemned the killing of innocent people in Udu garage as a result of power tussle between members of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

Chief Obi, who reacted to the killings on Thursday stated: “It is unfortunate that people died as a result of power tussle between Comrade Elvis Kporoh and members of his Union, theRTEAN.

“Members of NURTW were not involved in the power tussle, from beginning, we knew that their interest is to destabilise the state, unfortunately, they were only encouraged to operate in Udu local government area by the council chairman,” Chief Obi said.

He added: “We were surprised to get series of calls from our colleagues in different parts of the country based on newspaper reports that people were killed over disputes in Udu garage, whereas, such was being managed by the council.”

He continued: “NURTW in Delta state is very peaceful, there is no problem in any part of our union in the state, our governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has done all that he can for us to have a peaceful and progressive state, so, it is very sad that RTEAN crisis degenerated to situation that people died.

“RTEAN was banned by the Delta state government in 2017 but, the Udu council recognised them which made them to be operating solely in Udu local government area, we appeal to the chairman, Hon. Jite Brown, to execute the order of the Delta state government banning the operation of RTEAN in the state,” Chief Obi said.

Chief Obi urged members of the NURTW to remain peaceful and go about their lawful duties without fear, asserting, “our members should remain peaceful and support our Governor who is working very hard for us to have a better state, we will not tolerate any  action that will heat up the state, we like the peace we are enjoying as a Union and other Unions should not come to the state to cause crisis.

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