Tuesday, 18 August 2015

NASELS President Suspended For Committing Constitutional Aberration –NSRC

By Adetula David

The 2-week suspension slammed on the President of the National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS), OAU chapter, Sodiq Oyeleke has been said to be based on issues bordering on gross misconduct and constitutional aberration committed by him as investigated by the association’s legislative division, NASELS Students’ Representative Council (NSRC).

OAU Peeps News Agency reliably gathered that the major bone of contention was the suspension of the Public Relations Officer of the Association by the President which was not in tandem with the provisions of the constitution on which NASELS operates. The constitution does not empower the president to suspend any member of the Executive Council but rather refer disputes and matters bordering on discipline to the appropriate quarters.

According to our source that prefers to maintain anonymity pending the release of the parliament’s resolutions as regards the matter, the suspended President alongside the General Secretary and the Public Relations Officer were all invited by NSRC last week to explain their roles in the purported suspension handed down by the President to the PRO. During the meeting, the PRO confirmed that the Executive Council suspended him through a letter from the President and not the Congress of students as claimed by some persons.

“NSRC invited the President, General Secretary and the PRO to the general parliamentary sitting on Friday which they attended. The PRO was asked some questions which include
1. Were you suspended? He answered ‘Yes’.
2. Who suspended you? He said the Executive Council
3. How were you suspended? He said through a letter from the President.

“The Parliament called on the President to make clarifications as to what the PRO had said. He said, so far the case has been discussed by the congress; NSRC does not possess any right to revisit it. He was enlightenment that the honourables were not there to reverse any decision as taken by the congress.

“He was asked if the PRO was suspended before the last Congress. Sodiq tried explaining that they have a Code of Conduct they are working with as executives. “Which the parliament does not know about?” he was quizzed. He did not answer the questions thrown at him. He was just begging the questions. “

Upon these findings, the Parliamentarians again converged today for a sitting where the President was pronounced guilty having committed offences ranging from gross misconduct to constitutional aberration. The NASELS President, Sodiq Oyeleke was thereafter suspended for a period of two weeks.

The Public Relations Officer of NASELS OAU, Omolaso Adebimpe had been served a letter of suspension dated 30th July, 2015 and signed by the President notifying him of his suspension following his alleged inability to carry out his constitutional duties. The same letter served a reminder to the PRO of two different query letters he was issued before that time as a result of his non-challant attitude to duty which was followed by a fine of N1,000 for an ‘un-executive’ behaviour in one of their meetings.

Sodiq Oyeleke has however come out to rebuff the claim of the NSRC that his suspension was based on misconduct even though he admitted ‘inconsistency’ on his part. He said he was majorly suspended for attempting to probe unaccounted funds by the previous administration and his refusal to pay an hidden N20,000 to the legislative arm.
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