Friday, 17 June 2016

Court Adjourns OAU VC Appointment Case Again

The Federal High Court, Osogbo has again adjourned the case of the alleged Illegitimate Appointment of Professor Ayo Salami as the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University as filed the Non- Academic Staff Union of the Institution some weeks back till Wednesday, 6th July, 2016. The legality of the appointment of Professor Ayobami Salami as Obafemi Awolowo University Vice Chancellor which was made public some weeks back has continued to remain a bone of contention within the University Community. The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Institution has then filed a court case based on an earlier injunction on the appointment of a Vice Chancellor earlier filed by the same court.

Following arguments from the Counsel of both parties , the Judge then adjourned the case till July 6th, 2016, to rule on whether allegations of contempt of court will be attended to before cases bordering on jurisdiction.

Speaking to Campus Reporters of The Insider News Network after the court ruling, The cousel to NASU, Barr. S.T.A Raji said,  "The University Management have committed a big offence and with their denial, they cannot go ahead to appoint a new VC till the court decides the case on July 6, 2016″

However, the Counsel of the OAU Management, Barr. Anu Ogunro, maintained an earlier stance that no Vice Chancellor had been appointed by the council.

Consequentially, the University would most likely be without a Vice Chancellor upon the expiration of the tenure of current Vice Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole, on 23rd June, 2016.

Other reports gathered state that NASU has resulted to continue its strike till the new date. This was stated by the Union's Chairman, Comrade Wole Odewunmi, who said, “We are contented with an acting Vice Chancellor. We will continue to protest till July 6, 2016”.

Credits- The Insider News Network

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