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Alleged N250,000 Bribe: OAU SU Debunks Backstabbing Students To Slow-down #EndASUUStrike Protest


Alleged N250,000 Bribe: OAU SU Debunks Backstabbing Students To Slow-down #EndASUUStrike Protest

Following allegations by some students of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife that the Festus Olayiwola led Students’ Union has reportedly back stabbed members of the union by allegedly collecting a sum of N250,000 from Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to slow down the #EndASUUStrike struggle.

The union in a release signed by its public relations officer, Ogunperi Taofeek Olalekan which was made available to Vreporters on Friday debunked the allegation adding that, none of the union officers involved in such treacherous act.

Ogunperi in the release disclaimed all allegations of foul play suspected that it has introduced to the #EndASUUStrike struggle.

The release read in part, “The meeting with Ọọni, as contained in a release earlier sent, was not “to sell the struggle”. The Union officers did not indulge themselves in any act to sell the struggle.

“In the meeting, the Union officers had conveyed the demand of the students, which is that ASUU strike has to be ended. The Ọọni did not at any point persuade or ask the Union officers to end or suspend the protest. The Ọọni did not pay any 250 000 Naira to the Union or its officers to sell the struggle.

“His Royal Majesty, Ọba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ọjaja II, only solidarised with the cause of the struggle. He added that he would, as someone who has access to politicians, mount pressure on them so that we can continue our studies. There was no time, place or means through which the Ọọni asked or instructed that the protest be suspended or called off.

“The allegations of financial crime being peddled that the protest was suspended, having being sold by the leadership of the Union, so that the Governor of the State who is having a rally in Ife today can come and go without any protest to hinder him is false. The reasons for the suspension of the protest till Monday were publicly given at the protest ground by students who gave the submission, and it is upheld based on the popular support it got at the protest ground”.

Ogunperi reiterated that the #EndASUUStrike struggle is not an item for sale noting that, the cause is a just fight for the teeming Nigerian Students.

The release read further, “the leadership of the Union did not hold any meeting with anybody to undermine the struggle. The students are the owners of the struggle. The mandate that the leadership of the Union has and stands for is to represent this collective desire at all times.

“Until late in the evening yesterday, many students including officers of the Union were never aware of the rally of the Governor in Ife today. With the resolution reached based on the submissions of students at the protest ground that the protest be suspended till Monday, 23 May 2022, which the leadership of the Union respects, the lateness of the information on the Governor’s rally, which should have been discussed for proper planning at the protest ground, the leadership of the Union could not go ahead with any protest this day, 19 May 2022.

“Away from the fact that no protest was planned for today, there had been reports of security threats. Going ahead with any protest today would have opened students to danger. We may recall that even with our numbers and the security we had before, we have more than once been nearly trampled by men of the Nigerian Army. In our bid to fight for our rights, the jeopardy of life of any student is too grave to be trivialized.

“Truly, we have missed a chance at achieving a great feat in the struggle by not protesting today. This is a result of lack of preparedness for a development like this. The leadership of the Union, without any iota of fear or misgiving, is going to pursue the cause of the #EndASUUStrike struggle. This time, with better preparations.

“All necessary measures shall be in place to ensure that the struggle continues as the students have decided at the protest ground. The struggle has not been sold, the struggle will not be sold. Students are encouraged to keep the belief in the potency of the struggle alive”.

The students of the varsity became uncomfortable with the leadership of the Union following the abrupt suspension of the protest on Thursday, a day the incumbent governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola who is seeking second term in office flagged off his electioneering in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

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