Thursday, 22 September 2016

Students' Union Tribunal: Positive Displaces AY Toes As The Elected Faculty Of Law Representative

A fresh Congress of the Law Students Society (LSS), Obafemi Awolowo University held yesterday, and it produced a new person that will represent the Faculty at the level of the proposed Election Tribunal of the Students’ Union.

The congress, which was presided over by the LSS president, Ekpa Stanley Ekpa produced Akande Paul, a.k.a Positive as the new Election Commissioner at the said Congress.

It would be recalled that on Monday, a similar congress held and elected Ayo Toluwalase Shadrach a.k.a AyToes as the faculty’s representative, but it was eventually annulled. Stating the reason for the annulment, Ekpa Stanley said the election was characterised by “irregularities”.

The latest Congress witnessed a massive turn out. In the course of proceedings, motion to annul the previous representative election was moved and it was welcomed by the congressmen. The motion was thereafter subjected to a vote and was overwhelmingly supported by the attendees.

Following hours of intense debate by the factions of the two contenders – Positive and AY Toes, in the congress, the duo were re-nominated to represent the faculty.

Surprisingly, AyToes, who won the previously annulled election, declined his nomination. The second nominee, Positive, accepted his nomination and he was thereafter declared as the electoral commissioner that will represent the Faculty of Law in the Students’ Union election.

Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency after the Congress, AY Toes said he declined his nomination because “principalities and powers” brought about the cancellation of the election that preferred him to represent his faculty. He said he stepped down because the process was shady and participating in it was against his personal ideology.

AY Toes asserted that he was clearly the people's choice, judging from the results of the first Congress. He however described the cancellation of the last election a “constitutional aberration”.

Reacting to the development, Positive told our correspondent that the last election should have gone his way, but there were discrepancies in the process. “The society belongs to all students of the society and so, the society should not be held ransom by some cabal. I think AY Toes stepped down when it became apparent he was not the people's choice.” Positive said.

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