NANS criticizes OOU management for trying to thwart the SUG election.
The Ogun State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Joint Campus Committee, NANS JCC, has condemned the action of the management of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, aimed at scuttling the conduct of a free, fair, and credible students’ union government election.
The students expressed deep concerns, saying they were disappointed over recent developments at OOU that threatened the democratic process within the institution.
The student body conveyed its anger in a statement jointly signed by Comrade Adeyanju Oluwafemi, chairman of NANS JCC Ogun Axis; Comrade Okereafor Bestman, National President of the Progressive Students Movement (PSM); Comrade Olufemi Owoeye, Secretary, NANS Ogun Axis; and Comrade Sodiq Hassan, Public Relations Officer, NANS Ogun Axis.
The students have accordingly rejected the electoral committee set up by the vice chancellor of the university, arguing that the purported committee was an imposition and adding that the selection for the electoral committee was in clear violation of the constitution.
The statement urged the students aspiring to contest for various positions in the proposed SUG election to refrain from obtaining forms from the “illegal committee” constituted by the vice chancellor.
The students noted further that, in a series of troubling events, the OOU school management has undermined the will of the student body and disregarded established constitutional procedures, raising serious questions about the integrity of the electoral process.
The statement reads partly: “The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS JCC/Ogun Axis, strongly condemns these actions by the OOU school management.
“We call for a return to democratic norms, adherence to constitutional procedures, and respect for the will of the student body.
“NANS Ogun also strongly condemns the alleged sale of aspiration forms by the illegal electoral committee.
“We categorically state that this is a charade that will not stand. We advise potential aspirants to shun any misleading, devilish, and controversial forms, as they do not come from the appropriately constituted authority.”