18th October, 2011
The National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW boss in Lagos State, Alhaji Rafiu Akanni Olohunwa, has refuted allegation that he bribed a co-aspirant to stand down for him in the NURTW stateâ€™s chairmanship election.
Olohunwa, through his Personal Assistant, Mr. Babatunde, told PM NEWS that the allegation was a figment of the imagination of his accusers.
â€œThe story is part of an extended campaign of calumny and character assassination by its masterminds against me. Having failed in their earlier plots to tarnish my image they resorted to cheap blackmails and outright falsehood in order to confuse our members and the public.â€
P.M.NEWS gathered that screening of five chairmanship aspirants was conducted in Abuja last week and superintended by the National President of the union, Alhaji Nojeem Yasin.
The aspirants, Sope Bodude, Musiliu Akinsanya, Akanni Olohunwa, Tajudeen Agbede and Olawale Ogundile appeared before the screening panel.
But before the exercise commenced, P.M.NEWS gathered that three of the aspirants were said to have withdrawn from the race, tipping Olohunwa as a consensus candidate.
â€œI am a committed member that will continue to abide by the unionâ€™s guidelines and discipline. At no time did I meet with anyone to stand down for me. This is democracy and free participation by everyone is one of its hallmarks. So why will I do that?â€ he remarked.