UI VC Crisis: FG Appointees, Other Council Members Walk Out Of Meeting

Two external members of the Governing Council appointed to supervise the process of appointing the new vice-rector of the University of Ibadan, Dr. Jaju Muhammad and Professor Mande Samaila, yesterday made an exit from the meeting organized to address the petitions against the Senate of the institution.

Other council members who left the meeting were Professor Ademola Aremu and Professor Abel Olorunnisola.

Our correspondent deduced that they left after about five and a half hours when the meeting had started.

When contacted, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Tunji Oladejo, said he was not at the meeting and said he has nothing to say about the development.

A council source told the Daily Trust that the members withdrew after efforts to ensure that the council maintained absolute control and acted in accordance with the letter from the Federal Government through the National Commission for Universities and the Federal Ministry of Education asking the council to review the entire process that includes re-inviting 18 shortlisted candidates for the VC position.

It was inferred that the council was discussing the validity of the election being conducted by the outgoing vice chancellor despite instructions from the Federal Ministry of Education that the council should take over.

“You see that those who organized the march were asking for the letter from the Federal Ministry of Education and the NUC. They said the Senate was wrong to meet hastily and order elections within 24 hours. They were concerned that the elections were not following due process. In fact, the election is already generating a new crisis as many contestants withdrew from the elections claiming that the violation of the FG directive and the illegal process were reasons.

“The fundamental allegations made against the candidates have not been independently verified or a full investigation has been carried out. The petition was directed to the Council and not to the Senate. They left when it was obvious that due process would not be followed. I think they don’t want to be used to support illegality. “

Source: – Daily Trust