The Former Chairman, Governing Council of Ilesa College of Education, Elder Kunle Odeyemi has described the action of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun to put on hold the take-off of University of Ilesa as a political attempt to abort a baby that had been delivered.
Odeyemi in a Press conference on Wednesday by All Progressives Congress APC leaders of Ijesa South constituency stated that there is no justification for the delay in take off of the university of Ilesa.
He held that it is absurd for Adeleke to inaugurate an ad-hoc committee to work out modalities for an effective take off of the University of Ilesa when the said institution had been passed by the House of Assembly, accented to and gazetted by the former state governor.
In his words,”it wonders all true born of Ijesaland that in less than few months for the university to be admitting students after having listed by JAMB and National Universities Commission NUC, governor Adeleke had to put everything on hold is the highest level of pettiness and political immaturity.
“If not for petty politics, how could you put on hold a process that had fulfilled all necessary legal and administrative requirements and satisfied by the previous administration led by Gboyega Oyetola.
“Governor Adeleke should know that governance is supposed to be about the interests of the people but with Adeleke, governance is about vendetta and unnecessary politics of bitterness”.
Speaking also, the former Commissioner for works in Osun, Engineer Remi Omowaiye emphasised that what the governor had done with the university is a big insult to the people of Ijesaland, saying Adeleke decided to play politics with no other thing than the age-long dream of the people.
He noted that suspending the already constituted governing council with the likes of Prof. Isaac Adewole, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, Prof. Labo Poopola, Prof. Mrs Oluyemisi Obilade, High Chief Akinwande Akinola, and Rasheed Sarumi who are eminent Ijesa personality with records of distinction is big insult to Ijesaland.
Omowaiye said,”What we are telling the governor is that he should put politics aside and do what is right the college of education had been there for 44years. The infrastructure on ground is fantastic, it even has what other other already established universities do not have.
“The former Governor had contacted TETFUND for support, we have sent reports and messages to the President-elect on the issue of the university, if PDP under the leadership of Adeleke likes it or not, the university of Ilesa had come to stay.
“I want to seize this opportunity to call on our people to cast their votes for all candidates of the All Progressives Congress APC, votes for APC candidates is a vote for experience because the House of Assembly need legislators with experience”.
Earlier, Osun East APC Senatorial candidate, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa urged people of Ijesaland to be calm, noting that when the former Governor of the State, Mr. Gboyega returns as the governor, he will restore glory of the university.
“People can see that the PDP do not have anything good in stock for Ijesaland, they have stopped our water project, all this will be restored when Oyetola returns”.