LAGOS – Lagos State Chairman of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Musa Mohammed has threatened to remove any executive member who failed to comply with the “Operation Show Your PVCs” in their unit.
The Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday had directed all its members in Lagos State to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the January deadline or be sanctioned.
The Lagos State Chairman of RTEAN, Alhaji Mohammed Musa, gave the directive at the “Operation Show Your Voter Cards” organised by the association in preparations for the 2019 elections on Tuesday in Lagos.
Musa, however, urged all the executive members of the union across various chapels and zonal operations in the state to enforce compliance with the directive.
“Any executive member at the various chapels and zones who do not have PVCs will lose his position, while those that have PVCs will take such position,” the RTEAN chairman said.
Musa led other executive members of the association to a verification exercise of hundreds of members from Amuwo-Odofin and Ayangbure (Ikorodu) Zones at the RTEAN state Secretariat in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Musa had earlier undertaken the PVCs’ verification for the association executive members from Surulere, Ikorodu-Epe-Obalende and Ojo Zone I and II.
Musa said that the exercise was organised for no fewer than 30, 000 members of the association to encourage them to participate in the electoral process and prevent violence during 2019 elections.
“This exercise becomes very important as part of the measures to ensure that our members do not resort to violence on the day of election.
“Rather, they should use their PVCs to vote in people they want and vote out those they don’t want.
“We want our members to peacefully vote for candidates of their choices.
“We have observed that they often resort to violence when they don’t have PVCs to vote.
“We will not allow any of our members to sit down without collecting his or her voter card.
“We have started with the executive members of our association; it will go round all the over 30, 000 members of RTEAN in Lagos State.
“Those who have not collect their PVCs must do so before January 2019 deadline to avoid sanctions by our association,’’ the RTEAN chief said.
On whether the association has endorsed a political party for 2019, Musa said that RTEAN members would support any party with good governance.
Meanwhile, some zonal executive members of the union told NAN in separate interviews on the sidelines of the exercise that the union had given a marching order to members to register and collect their PVCs.
Commenting, Mr Banjo Oriyomi, the Zonal Chairman, Ayangbure Zone, Ikorodu, told NAN that he had ensured that all members in his zone have their PVCs.
Also, Mr Lateef Kajogbola, the Zonal Chairman, Amuwo-Odofin Zone, commended Musa for the efforts geared toward protecting interest of members of the association.
In his remarks, Mr Sakiru Idowu, the Deputy Chairman (Administration), Ikorodu-Epe Zone, said he would ensure that members and their relations collect their voters cards.