National President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) Ambali Akeem Olatunji, has berated Abia governor, Alex Otti, for allegedly meddling in the affairs of NULGE in the State.
The NULGE President who expressed the union’s displeasure over Otti’s recent imposition of his stooges as the executives of the union in the state, maintained that there was no leadership crisis in the state chapter of the union before Otti was elected.
Speaking in Akure, during the inauguration of a new NULGE President in the Ondo, Comrade Fredrick Akinrinlola, the National President described Otti’s action as “executive recklessness”, accusing the Abia governor of imposing his cronies on the union to take over the leadership of NULGE in Abia.
The NULGE National President alleged the governor decided to impose his stooges at the NULGE helms of affairs in order to control the union, but said the union will resist the move.
He said some Chief Executive at the state level always want to impose candidates that are very weak, that would be controllable by them, and will not represent the interest of the union and would not be able to engage Government.
“We have one recently in Abia, we have conducted election before the new government came in, the new government came in and was trying to destabilise the union, this is a contradiction to the labour movement, the administration has come out to be a disappointment to the labour.
“NULGE is cautioning the governor of Abia, Alex Otti, for his undue meddlesome into the affairs of NULGE and attempt to hijack the leadership of the union and we reject this that he has no right to annul our election and impose his brothers and cronies to take over the leadership of the union.
“We were disappointed that after the conduct of our election before the inauguration of the present administration in Abia state of Governor Otti of Labour Party, he (Otti) assumed office and the first thing he did was to go after industrial union and made attempt to seize the leadership of the NURTW which was rebuffed by the NLC,” the statement partly read.