Prof. Demola Dasylva, former Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan has reacted to the recent interview by the immediate former VC, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, on the recent crisis that rocked the institution.
Dasylva was one of the senate selection candidates whose petition was ignored by the council, after raising allegation on manipulation of the process.
In the statement of reaction made available to The Precision NG, Dasylva noted that the issues raised in the recent interview by the ex VC, is an indication that the Cabal still believe in the continuous manipulation of the selection process.
Below is the full statement.
I have gone through the piece and I can logically conclude that it is a clear evidence of the Cabal and their hatchet writers.
There are not less than five phrases and line of argument that the immediate past VC used in recent press interviews that resurfaced in this write-up.
Yes, there are petitions and there are petitions, but when a petition is proved to be non-flippant, and contained pieces of evidence of deliberate manipulation and brazen compromise of the VC selection process; or that the Chairman of Council blatantly usurped the functions of the Council, etc., for unjustifiable reason, then the Minister was right to take the steps he took.
It is one thing to talk of Autonomy of the University, it is another thing for the University to prove its maturity in handling matters such as appointment of its VC very maturely. In the case of UI and a number of other universities with similar crisis over VC’s appointment, our universities do not seem to be sufficiently mature to manage the Autonomy.
Well, the Government in the case of UI was right to have intervened, and the Minister has done that which is right.
From the look of things, it does not look as if UI has learnt any lesson yet, the cabal is still rearing its ugly head, and lately has now resorted to blackmail by name dropping.
When I wrote my petition under reference and complained about pre-election dirty activities and show of shame of some folks including the immediate past VC, in their desperation to get Prof. Adebowale (DVC, Adm.) appointed by all crooked means, it was based on concrete facts and proven evidence!
The election that followed was predictably foredetermined. I challenge them to prove me wrong! When a lie is repeated several times it has the tendency of assuming to look like a truth, unfortunately a lie remains a lie no matter under what guise. The process was brazenly compromised and the Council Chairman and some folks in the Council complicated the matter for their failure to show quality leadership and sense of direction!
We cannot blame the Minister either, nor the government nor the politicians, UI by the misconduct of its management, Council and Senate messed itself up, and the consequences should be swallowed in shame!
Now we know why the desperation to impose a candidate on UI when there are 18 chances from which UI could get the very best among the candidates if a level playing ground has been allowed! The UI vault was empty by the time the immediate VC left office, now it is becoming clear to reason why the desperation to cover up! DAO