John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti
Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Kayode Soremekun, has accused Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose of fuelling political violence in the university to destabilize the system.
Soremekun raised the alarm that his life and as well those of some principal officers of the institution are not safe over his serving as Chief Returning Officer in last year’s Edo State Governorship Election.
The VC alleged that the governor was allegedly sponsoring some union leaders, who he accused of being unruly and beating up some lecturers on campus some few days back.
Soremekun told journalists at a press conference in Ado Ekiti that Fayose had allegedly been after his life since his name was announced as the Chief Returning Officer for the election, where Governor Godwin Obaseki defeated the candidate of the PDP, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu to emerge governor.
According to him, Fayose went further in his alleged resolve to destabilize the university a couple of days ago when he allegedly ordered his Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade, to bail some union leaders arrested for beating up some lecturers from the police custody.
Soremekun said that the unionists were arrested after beating and wounding some lecturers on duty in an attempt to effect total strike in the university occasioned by non-payment of hazard allowance and allegation of lopsidedness in the promotion exercise.
The university had last week suspended three union leaders, including the Chairmen of Senior Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, Com Ademola Mutiu, his counterpart in National Association of Academic Technologists, Com Ekundayo Ojugbaye and Chairman of the Non Academic Staff union, Com Adebayo Dada for declaring industrial action and for unruly behaviour to the council members.
The Vice Chancellor said that “The unionists were becoming so unruly
in recent time. In fact, they beat up some lecturers and we called
for their arrest only for the SSG to bail them out acting on
“I am not a politician and I didn’t expect the governor to be
sponsoring violence against me. Before the Ondo governorship election, it was rumoured that I would be the Chief Returning Officer and before I could blink an eye, Fayose released my phone to the world where all sorts of messages were being sent to me.
“As I speak with you now, my life and that of the Registrar, Mr Daniel
Adeyemo and other management members are not safe. They even sent to a top management member, Prof Amun that they are coming to embarrass him in the church he presided over on Sunday, it is as bad as that.
“This fight is meant to save the soul of our university against partisanship. It is a fight against principalities and power of
darkness in high places working to politicize and destabilize our
university”, he said.
The VC insisted that the suspension slammed on the union leaders still
subsists in spite of the threats and unruly behaviour against the
He said he had written to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and the National Universities Commission on the issue.
But Fayose, who denied the allegation through his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, said he had no business with the federal university.
Olayinka said that “beyond maintaining peace and protecting the rights of all residents of Ekiti State, Governor Fayose does not have any business with Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
“The Vice Chancellor is the one that should search his conscience whether or not he is doing the right thing concerning the management of the university.
“Be that as it may, it sounds so illogical that head of a university will stand before the press to say that university staff should be
arrested and detained by the police for protesting”, he said.