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  1. ASUU STATEMENT ON ASUU UNILORIN ELECTION AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS

    There has been a lot of procured propaganda on the issue of ASUU Unilorin election in the press of recent. Unfortunately, contrary to journalistic ethics, most of the reports have not even bothered to ask ASUU about the other side of the story. Worse still, many reporters have actively suppressed the other side of the story for reasons best known to them.This grand conspiracy on the part of segments of the so-called fourth estate of the realm is also at the root of the problem with our dear nation.

    Be that as it may, the first thing to take note of on the issue of ASUU election is that it is an internal affair of ASUU. Everyone educated and civilised person will no doubt agree that ASUU is not a department of any
    University and that no University Administration can therefore determine who is or is not the representative of ASUU in any of its branches located in various universities. Furthermore, the issue of “majority” or “minority” in any electoral situation can only be reckoned through the electoral process. Anyone who cannot appreciate these simple facts would not be capable of appreciating anything else regarding the issue at hand.

    On Wednesday 20th April, 2016, the Academic Staff Union of Universities conducted elections into the executive committee of the ASUU UNILORIN Branch. The election took place at the University Amphitheatre situated in Block 10 of the UNILORIN main Campus.

    The new executive officers of ASUU UNILORIN include the following:

    Dr. Kayode Niyi Afolayan (Chairman), Dr. Bode Olumorin (Vice-Chairman), Dr. Solomon Oyelekan
    (Secretary), Mr, AbdulGaniyu Olatunji (Treasurer); Mr. Abdullateef Raji (Financial Secretary); Mr. Ganiyu Shittu Olahan (Internal Auditor); Dr. Adesola Idowu Abdulrraheem Abioye (Welfare Officer).

    These executive members were all validly nominated and seconded by professors and other members of the academic community from across the various faculties of the university and endorsed by the Zonal Coordinator of the Union as required by our Constitution.

    Contrary to the lies being peddled in the press, none of these nominees is a member of the sacked and reinstated Unilorin 49. However, this statement is without prejudice to the fact that any of the 49 who returned to UNILORIN would equally be eligible to contest elections in the Union if they so wished,
    having been vindicated by the Supreme Court of the land and being bonafide academic staff of the institution!

    The election was conducted by a special committee of the National Executive Council of the Union in line with the Union’s constitution.

    With the election, the Union has completed a constitutional transition from its last recognized executive in UNILORIN BRANCH, led by Dr. Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju (which was illegally sacked by the University authorities but reinstated by the Supreme Court in 2009). Having made every effort over the last few years to reconcile disparate elements in the Branch, the Union finally resolved to conduct an election open to all parties and in line with constitutional provisions.

    The Union is not unmindful of earlier purported elections by groups parading themselves as “ASUU excos” in the University of Ilorin. However, for the avoidance of doubt, these groups are not recognized by the Union.

    By the Constitution of ASUU, only the National Executive Council of the Union is empowered to initiate
    electoral proceedings in any of its Branches. The National Executive Council must also supervise any election into an ASUU Branch, and the same endorsed by the applicable Zonal Coordinator of Union, for it to be valid. It is therefore constitutionally and legally impossible for any individuals to become “ASUU Excos” of any Branch without such a process involving the National Executive Council of the Union.

    The Union also wishes to make it clear that the University of Ilorin issue can only be resolved on the basis of Constitutionality and rule of law.

    As stated earlier, it is certainly not the place of any University Administration to determine the membership of any ASUU’s Executive. This is the exclusive responsibility of the National Executive Council of the Union in conjunction with academic members of a Branch who subscribe to the Union.

    By way of analogy, it would be absurd for the government or the current President to try to determine who is the Chairman or Secretary of PDP! It is purely an internal affair of the party, just as the election of officers of a union (including the union of journalists, etc.) is purely an internal affair of the Union. A situation where a University Administration would assemble a group of persons and say “this is our ASUU” is absurd – the Union will not condone that.

    The Union therefore wishes to decry a situation where a University Administration would mobilize the police and DSS to try and prevent the Union from carrying out its legal and constitutional duties as it happened on
    Wednesday April 20 at the University. UNILORIN should learn from history. The militarization of a purely academic environment has never augured well for our Universities. Sooner or later, it backfires. DSS and Police should be reserve the guns being wielded on the university campus for needed areas, to fight
    insurgents, kidnappers pipeline vandals and bandits of armed robbers, not to bastardise the academia. The way forward in Nigeria is not to suppress critical anti-corruption groups such as authentic ASUU leaders, but to support them.

    Prof. S.O. Ighalo
    ASUU National Internal Auditor
    Convener ASUU-NEC UNILORIN
    INTEGRATION COMMITTEE

    Prof. Segun Ajiboye
    ZONAL COORDINATOR ASUU IBADAN ZONE

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