Students and youth of Ekiti origin have declared war on the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Kayode Soremekun over ‘illegal’ removal of the university Registrar, Mr. Daniel Adeyemo, the only principal officer of Ekiti origin.
Agitating under the auspices of Ekiti Students and Youth Coalition, the body accused Soremekun of deploying tactics to victimize Ekiti indigenes, calling on the federal government to remove him in the interest of “justice, fairness and equity.”
However, Soremekun, who absolved himself of complicity in the scenario leading to Adeyemo’s tactical placement said only the Governing Council has the power to sack any Registrar and that such was beyond his purview.
Soremekun , who responded through the university’s spokesman, Geoffrey Bakji, clarified that he has no blame in the entire scenario leading to his (Adeyemo) present predicament.
At a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, ESYC Coordinator, Com. Sunday Asefon, said all the management positions in FUOYE are now being headed by Ogun indigenes, while the host state was technically consigned to a disadvantaged position.
“To further prove a clear case of conspiracy against Ekiti indigenes, majority of the principal officers named above are yet to be confirmed as staff of the university as their probation period is yet to be over.
“We therefore give the management , the governing council and the Federal Ministry of Education 21 days ultimatum to reverse Adeyemo’s removal, else we will take our protest from Ekiti to Abuja”, he added.
Asefon called on the FG to restructure the one-sided management structure in the university and conduct comprehensive probe into all the contracts awarded under Soremekun leadership.
rate of N22m”, he alleged.
Soremekun described the allegations as malicious saying : “They must know that FUOYE is a federal institution , so, if they are contesting the composition of the principal officers, they should petition the Federal Character Commission.
“We have all the names of the firms that are executing contracts here, so let those raising these allegations point to the one that belongs to the VC”, he stated.