The Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) says claims by former Central of Liberia (CBL) Chief of Office Staff Crayton Duncan that he influenced the union to pledge support to former CBL Executive Governor Mills Jones are false and only intended to mislead the public into believing that he has influence over the union.
In a statement issued yesterday, the FRTUL said Mr. Duncan’s statement was not only a total disrespect to them but a clever attempt to blackmail the FRTUL and give it a political outlook during these electioneering periods in the country. Recently, the former CBL Chief of Office Staff told a local radio talk show that he had held talks with the grand coalition of Liberian organizations including the FRTUL for possible political support to Dr. Mills Jones. The Secretary General of the group, Joe S. Willie, indicated that at no time did FRTUL discuss any political issue with Mr. Duncan as he claimed. The FRTUL chief scribe added that the union does not have any plan now or in the near future to discuss political matters with the former CBL official. The Union pointed out that Mr. Duncan should disabuse his mind of the belief that he has influence over the FRTUL in pledging political support to any individual. The national road transport organization emphasized that Mr. Duncan has no supporters within any of its branches in Liberia, and he will never have any supporters in the Union. The FRTUL stated that the massive turnout of its members in the various counties to receive the former CBL Executive Governor has always been to express appreciation to Dr. Jones for his invaluable contributions to Liberians especially the ordinary people which have greatly impacted many lives. The FRTUL said despite the false assertion by Mr. Crayton, the Union is grateful to Dr. Jones and it will continue to recognize his effort in bringing economic relief to the people of Liberia, in the wake of difficulties faced by the Liberian people. The Union said Mr. Duncan has never had anything to do with all of its engagements with Dr. Jones.