The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University will like to correct the erroneous impression been circulated virally on various online outlets and social media platforms. This was that the University, especially the Vice Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele, deliberately hatched a plan to ensure that students are on Campus to coerce them to record nothing less than 10,000 votes for the ruling PDP Govt in Ekiti in direct collusion with INEC.
The Vice Chancellor who was in Abuja, for the Conference of Vice Chancellors’ of Nigerian Universities which started over the weekend at the time the information went viral on social media platforms debunked this rumour as fabrications and unfounded lies calculated to embarrass him. He said ” I am not a politician in any form and hence unknown to INEC which made it impossible for me to hold any meeting with people I never met’
In his words, Ekiti State University is immune through the autonomy granted it by law to perform her statutory mandates which includes to train students and leaders and by implication to teach, do examinations. conduct research etc. Students Semester Examinations are therefore mandatory. On voting, there is only one polling Unit on the Campus of EKSU as the University is nonresidential and has one polling unit of 500 voters.
There is the plan by our Security Dept never to allow anyone not recognised as valid voters at this Campus unit entry into the Campus on the day of election. The rumour about 10,000 voters planned is unfounded.
The University Authority will like to place on record that the First Semester 2017/2018 Academic Session had dragged from October 2017.
It has been unnecessarily prolonged because of the 3-month industrial action embarked upon by the university staff unions and hence Academic Calendar was disrupted heavily and management efforts were geared towards concluding the Semester as quickly as possible, This was the reason why the Examinations which started on the week of 23rd Convocation Ceremonies was not postponed throughout the period of Convocation, i.e. June 19-23, 2018.
The Examinations Time Table was approved by the University Senate effective across all Faculties and Departments. The shifts made by management twice were occasioned by the work-free days declared by the Visitor to the University which we had to comply with.
The University will like to inform Parents and Guardians, especially Ekiti people that as students write today’s papers ie Thursday July 12, 2018, tomorrow Friday July 13 is free for all students who may wish to travel to places of their choice to cast their votes. Examinations will however resume on Monday, after the election.
The University wishes Ekiti People a SAFE, FREE, FAIR AND TRANSPARENT ELECTION, devoid of CHAOS on Saturday, July 14, 2018.