The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has threatened to relieve any of its executive members of their positions if they fail to obtain a Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
The threat was issued in a statement made available online on Tuesday by the Lagos State Chairman of RTEAN, Alhaji Mohammed Musa.
According to the statement, all executive members of the union across the chapels and zonal operations must either get their PVCs or lose their positions by January next year.
Musa, who undertook the PVCs’ verification for hundreds of union leaders from Ikorodu-Epe and Ojo zone II at the RTEAN secretariat in the state, said the association took the decision to be part of the civic efforts of supporting good governance in the country.
HE SAID, “WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE OF OUR MEMBERS TO SIT DOWN WITHOUT COLLECTING HIS OR HER VOTER CARD.
“OUR ORGANISATION BELIEVES THAT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN VOTE IN LEADERS WE WANT, THOSE THAT ARE WORKING AND VOTE OUT THOSE WE BELIEVE ARE NOT FOR THE MASSES IS HAVING THE PVCS.”
“THE WEAPON WE HAVE IS ONLY THE VOTER CARD; THAT IS WHY IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR EVERY MEMBER TO HAVE THE CARD READY BEFORE 2019.
“ANYONE OF MY MEMBERS I FIND NOT HAVING THE PVCS WILL HAVE THEIR POSITION TAKEN AWAY WHILE THOSE THAT HAVE THE PVCS WILL TAKE SUCH POSITION.”
MUSA URGED THE EXCO MEMBERS WHO CAME WITH TEMPORARY VOTER CARDS, TO GET THE PERMANENT CARDS, SAID THE VERIFICATION EXERCISE WOULD BE REPEATED IN JANUARY TO ENABLE THEM TO HAVE THE PVCS.
“BY JANUARY, I WILL STILL CALL FOR THIS VERIFICATION; ANY MEMBER THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE PERMANENT CARD WILL LOSE THEIR POSITION IN THE UNION. I GIVE THOSE WHO ARE IN POSSESSION OF THE TEMPORARY CARD UP UNTIL JANUARY TO GET THE PVCS.
“I WILL GIVE OUT THE POSITION OF ANYONE WHO WILL NOT HAVE THE CARD BY JANUARY. GO AND GET THE PERMANENT CARD,” HE ADDED.
Bear in mind that the Lagos State Chapter of the association said it had commenced an ‘Operation Show Your Permanent Voter Card’ for all its members ahead of the 2019 general elections.