The authorities of the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti has shutdown the institution after a protest by the Students Union Government (SUG), which also led to the banning of the students’ body with immediate effect.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the closure followed the violet protest of the students which was staged last Friday over alleged meddling of management in the affairs of the SUG, including alleged attempts to install its stooges as leaders of the students’ body during its election held on Thursday.
During the protest, the students of the polytechnic had disrupted normal academic by blocking all the entrances leading to the campus for several hours which hindered movements.
Adeyemi Adeloju, the institution’s Director of Protocol, Information and Public Relations, in a statement issued on Sunday, denied the students’ claims that the authorities were interfering with the union’s affairs.
Adejolu also described as needless and unwarranted the violet protest by the students, saying their action was based on mere rumour from unreliable sources, adding that the management had nothing to gain from imposing candidates for students’ union election.
“The attention of management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, has been drawn to insinuations suggesting that the students’ protest of Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 was caused by an alleged imposition of candidates in the students’ union elections, which was held the previous day.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, it has never been in the tradition of the institution’s management to impose candidates under any guise in the electoral process of all unions at the polytechnic. Also for over two decades now, students’ union electoral processes are run and conducted by the students themselves through accredited representatives called APECO.
“The management only engages in monitoring the process by ensuring that the rules, set for themselves are strictly adhered to under a well-secured atmosphere,” Adejolu stated.
He also made it known that embargo had been placed on the activities of the SUG with immediate effect.
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