The Senate of the University of Ibadan on Wednesday held an election to pick two members that will be part of the Joint Council/Senate Representatives to screen applicants interested in becoming the new vice-chancellor of the 72-year-old institution.
Our correspondent observed that security was beefed up at the Trenchard Hall, the venue of the election with armed operatives of the Department of State Service and members of Operation Burst present to prevent disruption of the process.
The online election of the Senate members to be part of the selection committee which was done electronically in September was cancelled and was asked to be conducted afresh.
The two candidates who won in the first election won again in the election conducted manually on Wednesday.
Six professors, who announced their withdrawal from the election said the notice was too short and querried why the senate was rushing to conclude the process.
Prof Peter Olapegba, Prof. Ezekiel Ayoola and Prof. Moshood Akinsola participated in the election.
Olapegba who had scored 362 in the previous online voting scored 302 in the manual poll; Prof Ezekiel Ayoola, who also scored 352 votes in the online election polled 299 votes while Akinsola who scored 20 votes before polled 17 in the manual election on Wednesday.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had directed that the selection of a new VC to replace Prof Idowu Olayinka whose tenure expires on November 30 should start afresh. The Minister had said all the 18 applicants that applied for the post should be invited and screened again.
The minister has apparently directed that the selection process to start afresh following the protests by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union, who also wrote a petition against the selection process accusing the outgoing vice chancellor of scheming to impose his anointed candidate on the university.
Meanwhile, four members of the Governing Council of university reportedly staged a walkout from a meeting of the council held at the International Conference Centre on Wednesday.