Professor Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva, a professor in the English Department of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ibadan, has once again accused the vice-rector of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka, of manipulating the process that led to the selection of the new vice-rector of the institution.
DAILY POST concluded that no less than eighteen professors have shown interest in succeeding Olayinka, whose term expired in November this year. The new Vice Chancellor is expected to take office on December 1 of this year.
Our correspondent recalls that Dasylva had previously accused Olayinka of manipulating the election of two representatives to the Senate held on September 21, 2020.
Dasylva has again accused Olayinka of planting one of his loyalists, Professor Kayode Adebowale, the current Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), as the 72-year-old university’s next vice chancellor.
The aggrieved lecturer, in a letter addressed to the President of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan, through the Secretary and Secretary of the Council of the University of Ibadan, insisted that the process and conduct of the selection of the two representatives of the Senate were technically compromised and charged with procedural irregularities.
Dasylva in the letter made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday noted that the selection that was fraudulent was an attempt by Olayinka to, by all means, impose Adebowale as the institution’s next vice chancellor.
In another petition, titled “Repetition against the election of Senate representatives in the selection court held on September 21, 2020: objection to the emergency meeting of the Senate scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2020,” Dasylva alleged that Olayinka , who is also the president of the Senate, has already shown evidence of bias and prejudice in supporting Adebowale as the institution’s next vice chancellor.
He said: “Sir, remember that on September 22, 2020, I sent you and the members of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan a petition with the title mentioned above. Since then, I have been waiting for your response and / or intervention. At approximately noon on Friday, September 2, 2020, I received an internal memorandum from the Secretary as an acknowledgment of receipt of my request to the Governing Council through you as President. The memo also added that, “the Chancellor and President of the Council have ordered that the Senate should investigate the matter and report accordingly.”
“I addressed the petition to the Governing Council with the awareness and understanding that, procedurally, the Council has its Commission designated to deal with the requests. Therefore, the question of ordering the vice chancellor or the Senate to investigate the matter should not arise. In other words, the Pro-Chancellor and the President of the Council cannot transfer to the Senate the powers to deal with the petition intended only for the Governing Council. An official matter of great importance and magnitude such as this should remain a matter of the Board of Directors, as the request was intended to be.
“As a Returned Election Official whose process and conduct were supposedly technically compromised, plagued by procedural irregularities, in addition to lacking transparency, the Registrar is involved in the petitions. Also implicated in my request is the Vice Chancellor who has made no secret of his desperation to install, of course, Prof. Adebowale, one of the aspirants and the current Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin.) As the next Vice Chancellor. All the people mentioned in my petition are foot soldiers of the Vice Chancellor. They are the ones strategically positioned to ensure that the process is compromised in favor of Prof. Adebowale, an aspiring and anointed candidate by the Vice Chancellor.
“The petition is technically against the process, action and inaction of the Senate Electoral Commission of which the Vice Chancellor is president. This is because the Senate is the body that conducted the election and its members were the voters who voted, including the Vice Chancellor himself. Consequently, it is legally and logically correct to assume that “all members” of the Senate are stakeholders. Therefore, the petition can only be attended and attended by disinterested parties, and I find that in the Council, not in the Senate. It was in this understanding and consideration that ab initio I sent my petition to the Council, not to the Senate ”.
However, the director of Public Communication of the university, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, when contacted, said that he was not aware of the request. Olatunji in a telephone conversation with DAILY POST on Tuesday said: “I am not aware of the letter. I have no knowledge. “