I was offered bribe by Ekiti APC, says transport union chieftain

By Sunday Aloba, Ado Ekiti

Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Mr. Samuel Agbede, has alleged that he rejected an offer of bribe, political appointment and luxury cars from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilize the administration of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Agbede who spoke on Tuesday during the commissioning of the first phase of RTEAN secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, claimed that the APC has been instigating some members to cause crisis in the union because of his rejection of the alleged bribe.

But the APC spokesman Taiwo Olatunbosun described the allegation as a figment of Agbede’s imagination saying his party won’t join issues with RTEAN boss because “he is representing the interest of the PDP and not that of the union.”

Agbede said he would not intimidated, harassed and threatened to withdraw his support for Fayose because the RTEAN constitution urges members to support the government of the day.

He said: “They (APC) offered me money, promises political position and luxury cars among other things. I rejected them.

“Their latest antics is that they gathered former members of the executives to be causing trouble within the association.

“I will never deviate. I’m working in line with the Constitution of RTEAN which says we should support the government of the day.”

But Olatunbosun countered: “We don’t want to be dragged into drivers’ union matters because the union is not a political party. We will never be dragged into unfounded rumour and petty talks with any glorified garage man.

“This is a figment of Agbede’s imagination and I am sure he is not representing the interest of the entire union members. I understand that he is a member of PDP from Igede in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government.

“I want to say that there is no iota of truth in the allegation; which luxury car are we promising him? He should come out with facts, the date, venue of the meeting and other documents to back his claim. There is no meeting of such and we never did that when we were in government.”

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