Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to call on the national leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to help with distributing sensitive election materials in Lagos.
Atiku’s call came in the wake of a meeting held by INEC national chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, on Tuesday with leaders of the NURTW and the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
It was agreed at the meeting that the unions would transport election officials and ballot papers to polling units on Election Day.
In a statement, however, by Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, the former Vice President said that to ensure there is no room for electoral malpractice, INEC must ensure that Lagos State Parks Management Committee led by Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo is not used to distribute election materials.
Shaibu said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State had banned the NURTW because the national leadership of the union suspended MC Oluomo.
He also claimed that Sanwo-Olu also banned RTEAN and then set up the Lagos State Parks Management Committee and appointed MC Oluomo the chairman so that he will have total control of the entire public commercial transport system of Lagos.
The statement read, “It has been brought to our attention that INEC will be using members of the NURTW, RTEAN and other registered unions to transport election materials and electoral officials and corps members on Election Day. Unfortunately, in Lagos State, there is no NURTW or RTEAN as they have been proscribed by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
“Lagos is now operating a parks management committee led by MC Oluomo, who is a member of the Presidential Campaign Council. On October 9, 2022, he and his transport thugs held a march for Tinubu in several parts of Lagos State.”
Atiku’s spokesman added, “To preserve the sanctity of this election and ensure that there is no room for electoral malpractice, INEC must ensure that MC Oluomo is not allowed access to ballot papers. INEC should not make use of the state’s park committee. Rather, the commission should reach out to the national leadership of the NURTW and or engage the services of any logistic company for the purpose of distributing sensitive electoral materials in Lagos State.”