The embattled former chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyo State chapter, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola a.k.a Tokyo, yesterday lost his bid to reclaim his seat as chairman of the union.
Tokyo was expelled from the union by the national secretariat of the transport workers at the peak of the leadership crisis between him and the late Alhaji Lateef Salako a.k.a Eleweomo, who was his deputy.
Yesterday, Tokyo’s bid to reclaim the seat through a suit he filed at the National Industrial Court (NIC), Lagos hit the rock as the court struck out his case, citing abuse of court processes. In a lead judgment read by Justice B. B. Kanyip, the court also faulted the merit of Tokyo’s case, pointing out that Tokyo was not illegally removed from office his since term had already expired before the inauguration of incumbent Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde a.k.a Fele-led executives.
Justice Kanyip ruled that since Akinsola (Tokyo) was claiming membership of the union, he was bound by the constitution of the union. The court held that since the election that brought the present executive of the union was conducted after the expiration of Tokyo’s tenure, the election was valid. Justice Kanyip, therefore, struck out the case for lack of merit and awarded the sum of N5, 000 against Tokyo.
Reacting to the verdict, the union chairman, Alhaji Taofeek Ayorinde described the judgment as the triumph of the rule of law. He called on Tokyo to put the past behind him and join the present executives of the union in moving the union forward.