The crisis rocking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) got messier as aggrieved members passed vote of no confidence on its leadership in Ekiti Ondo zone .
The aggrieved members acting under the aegis ,Forum of Concerned Academics, FCA, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti,
Ekiti State, accused Prof. Olufayo Olu Olu, who is the zonal , Akure zone of perpetrating crisis in the institution.
Registering their grievances with ASUU leadership in the zone Professor Sola Omotola, Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun Alli,the chairman and spokesman of the group said the unwholesome activities of ASUU were capable of bringing the institution down if not checked .
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti ,the group dissociated itself from a Press Conference earlier addressed by the leadership Akure zone where it accused the FUOYE management of sundry and alleged unfounded allegations .
They called on national leadership of ASUU to,as a matter of urgency intervene in the matter and call the zonal leadership to order.
While debunking the allegations Professor Olu Olu said the aggrieved lecturers lack the locus standi to pass vote of no confidence on him.
The ASUU Chief added that he inherited the struggle to reposition FUOYE from his predecessor and that it would be wrong for his colleagues in the institutions to brand him as agent of destruction or unnecessarily antagonistic to authorities.
According to them,, FUOYE is a nascent but fast-growing university.
The university management deserves commendation for the giant strides it has taken to make FUOYE leapfrog its contemporaries in many respect.
“We did not mean to cause crisis in the university, but we became confrontational when the VC started victimising those who were fighting for good governance in FUOYE. Two lecturers were sacked and they are now in the court of law.
They however declared Prof. Olu Olu, personal non-grata, in FUOYE. They condemned him for his action against FUOYE, saying “Enough is Enough”, saying why Prof. Olu Olu, has refused to conduct election into ASUU positions in Ekiti State University, EKSU, where he belongs, because of his seat tight syndrome and probably he is power drunk in
“We want to use this medium to call on the NEC ASUU to send in an independent team that will be completely neutral and objectives to assess our situation.”
The body debunked the claims by Zonal ASUU on the appointment of Professors without PhDs in FUOYE saying such a thing never happened but the case in questions was that of Professor Borokini, who has presented his inaugural lecture in May 2015, but became a professor at Benson Idahosa University in 2012 and now coming to FUOYE as a professor was the third leg of his professorial career.
On suspension of Omonijo without pay, FUOYE FCA noted that Omonijo has been suspended without pay and he deservedly so.
He appeared before an investigative committee of Council where he was asked to do two things.
“They condemned Akure ASUU Zonal Leadership for their self-serving blackmail and destruction of the university in FUOYE, saying this is totally unacceptable to them.”
“If the vice Chancellor is sure of himself, let him allow an independent panel from the federal ministry of education to probe all our allegations to lay this lingering crisis to rest”.
On his alleged refusal to step down as ASUU EKSU one year after the expiration of his tenure, Olufayo said: “They have no right to poke nose into EKSU’s issue.
“I was to leave last year May, but I had an accident in April and I was hospitalised. I was in the hospital when the ASUU strike began and ended in February, so how would I hold election under this circumstance?
“I am not a sit tight person. Very soon, election will be held and my successor will emerge. Let me also say that no blackmail will stop me from fighting for good governance in FUOYE”, he stated.