The Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria (CAUN) has applauded the University of Ibadan new Governing Council for bringing integrity into the election process of the new Vice Chancellor of the university by ensuring transparency and due diligence.
In a statement by its National Coordinator Ayanteju Olaolu stated that the Coalition has been watching the John Odigie-Oyegun led council with keen interest in the steps taken thus far in ensuring that there is fairness and justice for all the contestants.
The Coalition urged the Council to continue to remain neutral by creating a level playing ground for all the contestants so that the best candidate will emerge at the end of the exercise.
It, however, called the attention of the Council to the forthcoming election into the Senate Representatives with respect to Prof. Peter Olapegba and Prof. Ezekiel Ayoola who were already compromised in favour of a VC candidate in the last exercise and need to be excused in the forthcoming election to maintain the integrity of the process.
“This is in the public glare in the university community as an SMS went viral from Prof. Ayoola meant for Prof Ayodele, Dean of Science but sent to Prof Ayodele of Ecotourism in error depicting the process already compromised in favour of a candidate.
The controversial SMS message is hereby reproduced :
” Good morning. As promised, our two candidates for selection committee are Prof Peter Olamakinde Olapegba and Prof Ezekiel Ayoola. Pls campaign for them separately . And never link them formally with Prof Adebowale. Election is on 21 Sept. Thanks. Prof Ayodele.
“We thank God my Dean. We can see that God already answered our prayers. It shall be permanent. Greetings to Adebowale, our wonderful candidate. His papers/ application is second to none. We shall celebrate today. Regards
We thank God “
Messages like the one above ahead of the election already prejudged the outcome of the election and thus tainted the process, which the Governing Council must guide against.
CAUN is of the opinion that many aspirants are not happy that another town hall meeting is being organised, hence the boycott on Monday.
The Coalition , however, appeal to the governing council to guide the integrity of the electioneering process jealously by looking into the issues raised in this statement.
The Coalition, however, appeal to the governing council to guide the integrity of the electioneering process jealously by looking into the issues raised in this statement to avoid falling into the pit dug by the past council. Let’s learn from history.