By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The Concerned members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University Branch has accused its Chairman, Dr Caleb Aborisade, of misrepresentation of the union over the appointment of new Vice Chancellor for the university.
Addressing a Press Conference at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel secretariat in Osogbo on Tuesday, Professor Adegbola Peter Akinola of Mathematics Department accompanied by some other academics of the university, said the interview granted by the branch chairman to different newspapers in the last few days were inaccurate.
The concerned ASUU members said the process, which led to announcement of a particular candidate as the new Vice Chancellor on 6th June was not free, fair and transparent, questioning that while the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) are faulting the procedure of the appointment and were challenging it at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, the announcement of the appointment of a new vice Chancellor was
According to the ASUU members, the process which was not free, fair and transparent was also fraught with at least two fundamental irregularities which made it utterly unfair and decidedly skewed against all the contestants except one person.
They therefore accused the branch chairman Dr Aborisade of issuing statement not authorized by the congress which is also false and self-seeking.
ASUU members accused the outgoing VC, Professor Bamitale Omole, and his collaborators of deliberate plan selection process to include conditions which were not in originally in the advertised criteria for the appointment to the office of the VC as well as subjudice as the council quite dis-respectively of the court went ahead to make the purported appointment.
“This is because the selection and appointment process is at present subject litigation before the Federal High Court Osogbo which had served all the necessary processes on the parties particularly the university’s council to hold on pending the determination of the matter on notice concerning complaints of improper process and partiality brought by SSANU and NASU of the University.
But while the matter was slated for hearing on 7th June, 2016 the university authority surreptitiously on the 6th June organized a questionable interview in Abuja at a secret location and purported to announce a candidate in utter disregard of the due process of judicial intervention. It is curious to note that three out of the four internal candidates purportedly invited for the interview could not attend”.
Therefore, the group said “if the process for the selection of a new VC is free, fair and transparent we will have no problem with whoever emerges. The truth is that the process thus far had been unfair skewed and non-transparent and at such, any Union in the system that has found necessary to complain is within the bound of decency and the law to do so”.
The group concluded that in spite of misrepresentation, ASUU remains a single united entity.