TOPE LANRE BELLO
“AFASITES HAVE DECIDED” – AFAS PRESIDENT
The Association of Faculty of Arts Students (AFAS) on Friday, 24th March, 2017 at a stakeholders’ meeting endorsed Ojo Aderemi as the sole candidate for the position of presidency of the University of Ibadan Students’ Union.
Two members of AFAS have shown interest in the position and they are Hamzat Ayodeji, a 300 level student of the Department of Linguistics and Ojo Aderemi, a 200 level student of the Department of History.
The meeting which was rechristened “endorsement powwow” was held under the auspices of the President of the Association, Shola Gabriel Ojikutu while the Association’s Faculty Legislative Council’s Speaker; Clinton Chibueze was also on seat.
Both aspirants were asked to present their manifestoes to the gathering and were later questioned. Both were coy on whether the endorsement would determine their eventual running for or stepping down from the race.
Having already been endorsed at Nnamdi Azikwe Hall, Ojo Aderemi said “some people will stone me if I step down after this (AFAS’s) endorsement”.
For Ayodeji Hamzat who is popularly called Comrade, he would not step down frrom the race after the endorsement because the opinion of the voters (at the endorsement) would be based on sentiments and they would not be representing the general opinion of AFASites.
When the supposed primary election eventually held, Comrade Hamzat polled 18 votes while 22 votes went to Ojo Aderemi who was eventually declared the winner.
In his words, the Association’s President, Shola Gabriel Ojikutu said that “AFASites have decided and it is incumbent on the generality of the students of Faculty of Arts to promote the candidacy of the endorsed aspirant”.
In his words, while justifying the need for the endorsement of a particular candidate for the UISU Presidency, Clinton Chibueze, the Speaker of AFAS Legislative Council, mentioned that “neutrality helps no one” hence the need for all the stakeholders in the faculty to speak with one voice and endorse a candidate.
It must be noted that both aspirants also belong to the same hall of residence which is Nnamdi Azikwe Hall.
AFAS Press had in its previous publication reported the same Ojo Aderemi as the endorsed candidate in his hall of residence.
Present at the meeting were members of AFAS Executive Council, Faculty Legislative Council, Council of Presidents and Secretaries (of Faculty of Arts), as well as AFASites who were members of the executive councils and legislative councils of the halls of residence.