Concerned Academic Staff Union of Universities, CASUU, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, FUOYE, Ekiti State have called on the national body of the union to resolved the crisis in FUOYE ASUU and not to kill it by the activities of their zonal body bent on destroying the image of FUOYE led by the embattled ASUU chairman, Comrade Akinyemi Omonijo.
The group while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the CASUU members, through its Chairman, Prof Sola Omotola and Spokesman, Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun-Ali, accused Zonal ASUU, Akure Zone of fueling factional crisis in the university.
Oyedokun , who read the text of the speech delivered by embattled members, said it was wrong for ASUU Chairman , Akure Zone, Prof. Olufayo Olu –Olu, to have taken side initially when the crisis started in FUOYE, hence their decision to rescue the union from those who have decided to run it like a ‘cult’.
He debunked the allegations of illegal promotions, mismanagement of funds and gross incompetence, among other grievous accusations leveled by Omonijo-led ASUU against the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Kayode Soremekun, describing them as baseless and unfounded.
Oyedokun said: “Our members felt the problem was not really about ASUU, it is about one man, Dr. Omonijo. To us, impeaching him have been the only option through which we can progress and that was where we stand.
“The Congress under the ASUU had earlier met in October where they resolved that Dr. Omonijo must be removed . The motion was moved and resolution taken to this effect but efforts to realize this has been sabotaged by Zonal ASUU under Prof Olu-Olu, because he stalled the letter we sent to ASUU National Executive Committee.
“Despite this, we insist that the Congress is supreme and we decided to assert its supremacy and we proceed with the impeachment and on that we stand.
“Our focus is to rescue ASUU and make it functional again because over 50 of our members had withdrawn financial contributions to ASUU. The union seems factionalised and it needs urgent rescue mission.
“Though, politics has crept to all strata of our society but we won’t allow unnecessary politicization of ASUU, because it is a credible academic and pressure group”, he stated.
Olu-Olu had while addressing pressmen said his allegations that Prof Soremekun, have been acting like emperor was real, while also dispelling the insinuation that he was igniting crisis in the university by hobnobbing and protecting Omonijo.
The Professor of Physics said ASUU would stop at nothing to restore normalcy in the university by putting the management on its toes.
“The Zonal ASUU is not interested in causing tension or crisis in FUOYE, we are here to restore the real academic culture. How can someone who is not a PhD holder be promoted a professor? Why must you asked students to pay money to buy reagents? All these are anomalies we want to correct”, he said.
AS stakeholders in FUOYE, we are here to assert our responsibility that we will not fold our arms and watch any disgruntled elements destroy our university. “FUOYE belongs to all of us. For now we will remain in ASUU. But we vehemently reject the leadership of Omoniji. We also demand for an ASUU that will remain focused on its mandates through inclusiveness. Any attempt to reduce our union to the service of the interest of a few will henceforth be resisted”