The newly appointed Caretaker Committee Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Fatai Adeshina, aka Akeweje, has said he dropped his ambition to lead the union back in 2019 after the intervention of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, Akeweje said he was promised the position of Deputy Chairman to drop his ambition but he was not given.
He said all efforts to get that position failed despite efforts to plead with the then NURTW chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo.
Narrating his ordeal, Adeshina said after eight years of Tajudeen Agbede as the Lagos chairman of the NURTW, a vacancy was advertised for the post of the state chairman of the union for which he obtained the form and contested the seat of the Lagos chairman in 2019.
Akeweje said: “Some days to the D-day when they were supposed to announce me as the NURTW chairman for Lagos, the chief of staff to the governor called me and told me that he and the governor had endorsed my candidacy, but Tinubu said they should give it to MC Oluomo. I told him there was no problem.
“He asked me what I wanted to do next and I told him that I was okay with anything the government wanted. He asked whether I wanted the deputy or treasurer position, and I said any of both was fine. He drafted a list of the state executive members to be announced and showed me that I was penned for the deputy chairman position. I agreed with the plan.
“However, on the day we were to be sworn in, my name was cancelled with a pen, not that they drafted a fresh list. I was not offered any position. MC Oluomo took away my job, hijacked my branch and my unit despite meeting me on this job.”
Naija News understands that Fatai Adeshina was appointed Caretaker Committee Chairman of the NURTW in Lagos by the National body following the crisis crisis rocking the union.
MC Oluomo who is a suspended member of the union was appointed the Head of the Head of the Park Management Committee by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to take over the responsibilities of the NURTW.