THERE was anxiety in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, and elsewhere yesterday following alleged plans by a group to take over leadership of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) in the state.
Addressing reporters in Abeokuta, leader of the group Lateef Yekini claimed that his group is in possession of the original certificate of the association, saying he would resume work this week.
Yekini claimed that the tenure of the leader, Alhaji Shamsudeen Apelogun, has ended.
It was learnt that Apelogun was given another five-year tenure after amendment of the union’s constitution.
But Yekini insisted it was his turn to lead, declaring that his boys will take over this week.
Ogun Police Command spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi, said it recognised only transport unions and groups backed by the law.
Oyeyemi said the police uncovered move to create chaos but assured that it is committed to maintaining peace and order.
Oyeyemi said: “The Command wishes to reiterate its commitment to maintain peace and order as well as 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 in the state are; 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.”
Also, the government warned the Yekini-led group not to disrupt peace in the state, asking it to stay away from parks and garages in the state.
The government, in a statement through the General Manager, Parks and Garages, Ayo Ogunsolu, said it recognisedACOMORAN, led by Shamsudeen Apelogun.
ACOMORAN Secretary Kayode Showunmi said the union had no faction, explaining that Yekini is no longer one of them.
Showunmi said Yekini lost his membership in 2011 after his problem with the union.
He said the state and federal governments recognised and relate with Apelogun as chairman of ACOMORAN.