By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado Ekiti
The re-election bid of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi got a major boost on Thursday, 24th April, 2014, with the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) pledging its support.
It was at the monthly meeting of all 79 local chapters of the union in the state where the drivers assured the Governor of a peaceful governorship election on June 21.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu, told the union that his administration has not reneged on the promise it made to the union before the end of the first quarter on the year.
According to him, the government was ready for the immediate delivery of six Toyota Hiace buses to the state chapter of the union once all the modalities have been perfected with the insurance firm and the state Ministry of Finance.
He also assured that buses procured under an arrangement that will offer the beneficiaries soft-landing will be delivered to all the 79 branches of the union before the end of next month.
Governor Fayemi urged union members to ensure that the forthcoming election is free of violence and manipulations, even as he reiterated that those relying on federal might to win elections will be disappointed as residents will not only vote for the candidate of their choice but also ensure that their votes count on June 21.
Reassuring the NURTW leadership of support, the Governor described the provision of durable road infrastructure as its administration’s way to minimize the wear and tear of vehicles and reduce patronage to mechanic’s workshops.
On the request for government helping hand to empower its members, the Governor told the union that his administration will support any effort that will reduce unemployment and sustain peace in the state.
Speaking earlier, NURTW chairman in the state, Prince Julius Jegede, said his union was in full support of the governor’s re-election bid, saying those drumming up war songs in the build up to the election will be disappointed as the incumbent will be returned to office without stress.
Prince Jegede also said that no member of the union including its former leader, Mr. Olowolafe Adeyiye, has the right to use the union’s name and logo for selfish motive.
According to him, the state government, the state Commissioner of Police and the state Director of the State Security Service (SSS) have all been put on the red alert on the alleged illegal use of the NURTW banner by the former leader.
He said the state wing of the union was planning to stage a solidarity rally in support of the Fayemi re-election project.
According to him, the union will mobilize thousands of its members to converge on the city centre soon.