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The election of Congregation Representatives
into the Governing Council of Federal
University, Oye, Ekiti, was on Friday cancelled
following allegation of manipulation and
rigging by members.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the results
of the election were declared and later
cancelled by the Chairman of the Electoral
Committee, Prof. Kester Ojokheta.
Ojokheta, while justifying the cancellation, said
the total number of votes cast, being 955, was
higher than the 440 eligible voters.

He explained that the objective of the election
was to elect two representatives from both
academic and non academic staff into the
institution’s Governing Council as stipulated in
the establishment Act of the university.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode
Soremekun, said there would be a maximum of
eight nominations from both the teaching and
non teaching cadres, which was objected to by
majority of the congregants.

Seven congregants comprising one teaching
staff and six non academic staff were
nominated to contest for the election.

They include: Dr. Dosu Malomo (teaching
cadre), while Mr. Adelani Efuntade, Dr.
Abayomi Oshatimi, Mr. Samson Durojaye, Mr.
Usman, Mr. Ayodele Fatuase and Mr L.A Eni
are non-teaching cadre.

After reading the nominations, the vice
chancellor announced the closing of
nominations and this attracted stiff resistance
from members of the congregation, who
alleged that most of the nominees were close
associates of the VC.

The Vice Chancellor later announced the
extension of nomination to 10, and three
additional members were nominated.

The three added nominees are, Dr. Toibudeen
Sanmi (teaching cadre); Prof. Ademiju Aganga
(teaching cadre) and Dr. Victor Ige (non-
teaching cadre).
At the end of the voting process, chairman of
the Electoral Committee, Prof. Kester Ojokheta,
announced the results, with Mr L.A. Eni,
polling 85 votes, Dr. Abayomi Oshatimi had 29
votes; Mr. Usman polled 13 votes; Mr. Ayodele
Fatuase polled 105 votes and Prof. Ademiju
Aganga had 307 votes.

Others are, Dr. Dosu Malomo, 148 votes; Dr.
Victor Ige, 162 votes; Mr. Adelani Efuntade, 79
votes; Mr. Samson Durojaye, 2 votes and Dr.
Toibudeen Sanmi, 25 votes.

The electoral committee chairman, however,
observed that the total number of votes cast
(955) was higher than the 440 total number of
eligible voters and consequently cancelled the
outcome of the election.

Speaking with NAN while reacting to the
allegation, the chairman said he was
disappointed with the behaviour of the
academic staff of the university towards the
outcome of the election.

“I never compromise the rules and regulations
of the election, in spite of the fact that my
close friend was leading in the election. I
cancelled it for fairness.

“If I was biased, I could have pronounced my
friend winner of the election. More so, it is an
internal affair and it should be handled
internally without media interference.

“Most of the people complaining about the
process of the election and result are my
friends and I was only appointed by the Vice
Chancellor to oversee the election.

“I do not have ulterior motives because I am
on sabbatical leave to FUOYE and once my
leave is over, I will return to the University of
Ibadan, which is my base,”he told NAN on

Some staff of the university who participated
in the election told NAN under condition of
anonymity, said, “This cancellation of
congregation election where 440 accredited
voters were supposed to vote is an indication
that all is not well in FUOYE.

“This just confirmed that some people are
determined to disrupt the process, hence
dropping ballot papers in one of the ballot
boxes because they knew that, once the
number of votes is higher than the accredited
voters, such will happen.

Fuoye Cancels Governing Council Election As 440 Voters Cast 955 Votes - Campus Gists & Events

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