The National Association Of Nigerian Students, Ogun JCC, has drafted some students to fill into the state campaign committee of the All Progressives Congress party.
The list consisted of Student union presidents and others picked from various associations such as National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Some of the students who made the list are Oguntombi Gbemileke, National Association of Ogun State Students; Emmanuel Olatunji, NANS Southwest coordinator; Olufemi Owoeye, NANS JCC PRO; Don Sharon Ayomide, TASUED SUG president; and Kehinde Damilola, aka Da’osmos, the NANS Ogun JCC chairman.
In a letter signed by the state chairman, Kehinde Damilola, obtained by Ogunwatcg, it was revealed that the list was constituted sequel to the request of the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
However, when contacted, Akorede Afeez, the Student Union president of Olabisi Onanbanjo, who didn’t make the list claimed that he wasn’t aware of any such development, despite being a senator in NANS, under which the move was made.
Investigations by Ogunwatch revealed that the list contravenes letters of the NANs constitution on political neutrality and especially that a decision as such ought to have passed through laid-down democratic processes of the age-long Students association.
Commenting on the purported list, Joseph Aliu, National PRO of Fund Education Coalition who also doubles as a student of Olabisi Onabanjo, told Ogunwatch that it was an eyesore and a betrayal of student’s interest for Student’s Union Presidents to have been a part of such list. Joseph observed that rationality does not permit SUG presidents to be partisan, especially that the Governor of the state who they intended to campaign for has scored low in the educational sector.
“Any SUG president that makes the list has betrayed his student populace because Governor Dapo Abiodun performed woefully in terms of funding the state universities adequately. This is a governor that has failed to attend the last 4 consecutive International students day events, even though it was held just a stone-throw away from his office.
“Looking at the N10,000 bursary that the state paid indigene students: about 80% of students never got the money, so I see no reason for any rational students to associate themselves with such a government; Joseph added.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filling this report, all effort to get the NANS PRO through phone call, to make further comments on the purported list proved abortive.