The members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Iree, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State have appealed to Governor Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke to intervene in what they called an intentional victimization they are subjected to by an ex-PDP scribe in the state, Chief Yinka Adeojo.
The Union disclosed that If urgent action is not taken on the matter, the association feared that their members become jobless.
The crisis started when Adeojo, who is an indigene of Iree, said he has bought the piece of land where the commercial drivers are using as their Park from a Chief, therefore, they should vacate the land.
New Telegraph further gathered that the RTEAN has been on the land, opposite the town’s Post Office, given to them by the government, since 2010.
It was further gathered that they had gotten the approval to make use of the piece of land thirteen years ago via a letter made available to them by one A.O Fatoye which was dated May 19, 2011 and signed on behalf of the then Chairman of Boripe local government.
According to the union Chairman, Sunday Adeosun, Adeojo once laid claim to the land around 2011/2012, saying he bought it from a chief, the move to take over the land was vehemently resisted by the association and eventually led to legal battle.
They, however, won the court case at the Ikirun High court in Suit Number: HIK/4/2012, as it even awarded N10,000 costs against Adeojo.
“To our surprise, Adeojo in connivance with leadership of Iree Progressive Association (IPA) came with another claim immediately the Supreme Court of Nigeria declared Governor Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke as the authentic winner of 2022 Osun gubernatorial election.
“They claimed that because there was a robbery incident in Iree that affected the two commercial banks in the town in 2021, we should no longer use the place as our motor park.
“Let us even assume that we consider the reasons given as plausible, which one poses security threat between our motor park that is eleven buildings away from the commercial banks and the Oluomo Shopping Complex where there are business entities including a filling station, salon, a car wash, a game center, laundry?
“Will it be possible for someone who is not our member to park his vehicle at our motor park without being questioned? the answer is ‘no’.
“We know that Governor Adeleke will not allow injustice because some of our members are already of a considered opinion that Chief Adeojo is planning to get what the court denied him through the backdoor. We have more than 100 members and so many lives are attached to ours for livelihood.
“We urge the governor to caution the local government officials and others who are planning to send us packing ostensibly at the instance of those interested in the piece of land, which is even a setback”
“We are law abiding citizens, we are not partisans, we believe in the administration of Governor Adeleke and we will continually pray for the success of his administration” he said.