Aides of the Governor of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, have dissociated themselves from the communique purportedly signed by them and other leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Ogun East Senatorial District, denouncing the scrapping of Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED.

Addressing a press conference today at Itoro, the Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry, Falilu Sabitu said the Ogun East Senatorial District of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) is in support of government’s decision to scrap TASUED.

In a press briefing this morning at Itoro, headquarters of Ijebu Ode local government, the Chairman of the party in the Senatorial District denounced the earlier meeting called by the District where it frowned at the state government’s decision to merge the institution with Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago Iwoye.

Sabitu, who was also in Idowa during the last meeting where they expressed their anger over government’s decision said: “I want to state that we at the Ogun East Senatorial District are in total support of the state government’s decision to scrap Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED. The purported communique issued a few days ago was attached to our attendance. We did not sign any document at the meeting.”

Among those at the briefing this morning were the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladapo; Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Tola Banjo (representing Ijebu Ode Constituency); Engr. Kunle Otun, (Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Water Resources); all the nine local government caretaker chairmen, except that of Odogbolu, Mr. Idris Lawal and his counterpart in Ogun Waterside local government, Chief Ayebusiwa.

The leaders from the Senatorial District met on Sunday at Idowa in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state over the burning TASUED issue. The parley was attended by Sabitu and some political appointees in the state from the area.

Speaking with our correspondent this morning, the President of the Students’s Union Government (SUG) of TASUED, Comrade Abdullahi Oyekanmi expressed shock over the development which he described as, “Kangaroo Press Briefing and a mockery of democracy and representative government.”

According to Plato, as Oyekanmi is fondly called, “this is a mockery of democracy and representative government. The political appointees that attended this morning’s briefing are disgrace to this generation. They are not speaking the minds of the people. These are people that when they are seeking for our votes, they will be begging us, now that they are occupying high offices, most of them have derailed. They should not come back home because nemesis will catch up with them. We have disowned them, they are no more our fathers, brothers and sisters. They are political opportunists.”

P.M.NEWS gathered from a reliable source last night that Governor Amosun was not happy with the outcome of last weekend’s meeting, warning the governor to tread softly on his decision to scrap and merge tertiary institutions in the state.

The source told our correspondent that the governor summoned an emergency meeting for his office yesterday evening where he expressed his dissatisfaction with some of the political appointees that attended the weekend meeting.

The source further informed that the State party Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Ola Bello, who was at the meeting last night also expressed his shock over the resolution of the meeting, adding that the press conference was very important to put to rest the alarming situation the resolution had caused.

Among those invited for last night’s emergency meeting which was held at the governor’s office include Sabitu, Mrs. Bukky Onabanjo, Wole Olubena, the party chairman in Ogun State, Alhaji Tajudeen Ola Bello, the State Party PRO, Mr. Dare Adekoya, James Dina (Chairman ACN, Ijebu North East LG) among others.

At the end of last weekend’s meeting which was attended by over sixty-three leaders of the party in the District, they called for great caution and patience in resolving the resultant and ominous problems and dangers government policy and pronouncements seemed to have created in academic communities in particular and among the citizens of the state in general.

—Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta