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Why Court Retrains Gov Adeleke from Appointing New OSPOLY Rector?

The suspension has been described to be a power fight and product of nepotism which has nothing to do with the mismanagement of funds as the accused Rector, had said he knows nothing about the allegations.

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In what was seen as an unexpected turn of events, the Lagos Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) last Friday granted an interim order to restrain Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke and 14 others from appointing a new Rector for the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree (OSPOLY).

 

Recalled that Osun State Government through the Ministry of Education had suspended Dr Tajudeen Odetayo, who was the Rector of OSPOLY since the gubernatorial election of Adeleke in 2022 after being found of a victim of suspected mismanagement of fund.

 

The suspension has been described to be a power fight and product of nepotism which has nothing to do with the mismanagement of funds as the accused Rector, had said he knows nothing about the allegations.

 

The suspension saw the range of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) OSPOLY Chapter, comatose the academic activities within the institution for nearly three weeks, while protesting the restoration of their Rector. Students too, follow suit.

Why Court Retrains Gov Adeleke from Appointing New OSPOLY Rector?
Governor Adeleke

Irrespective of the protesting fumes, Governor Adeleke moves to appoint a new Rector, who is academically unparalleled to the level of the suspended Rector. But was from the hometown of the Governor, Ede.

 

In lieu of this, Justice Opeloye Ogunbowale made a reversing order while granting an ex parte motion filed by the suspended Rector of the institution, Dr. Odetayo challenging what he described as his “illegal suspension.”

 

Justice Ogunbowale also ordered Governor Adeleke and other respondents to stay further action on the institution, pending hearing of the motion on notice.

 

He directed that a hearing notice be issued to all respondents before the next adjourned date.

 

The orders were sequel to a motion ex parte moved by the claimant/applicant’s counsel, Mr. Rasheed Adeniyi Oluwofobi, who prayed the court grant the applications in the interest of justice and public interest.

 

In the motion, Dr. Odetayo prayed for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants/respondents from giving effect to the letter of suspension dated 11th July 2023 and letter of query dated 1st August 2023 given to him.

 

Aside from Adeleke, other respondents in the suit marked NICN/OS/37/2023 include the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Osun State, Ministry of Education, Osun State Polytechnic Iree, the Governing Council, OSPOLY.

 

 

They also include the Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye, Mr Alabi Kehinde Adeyemi, Mr. M.A.K. Jimoh, Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Education & Chairman, Investigative Panel of Enquiry into allegation of Corrupt Practices against the Rector, OSPOLY, Odetayo.

 

Others are A. A. Bello, Dr. F. M. Olaoye, Mrs. O. Abioye, Acting Bursar OSPOLY and member of Investigative Panel, S. A. Afolabi, acting Registrar, OSPOLY and Secretary of the panel, Abiodun Oloyede and Mrs T. A. Samuel as first to the 15 respondents respectively.

 

“My lord, NICN Rule 2017 stated that common law and equity must be observed. The fact is that the claimant was issued a purported suspension letter dated July 11, 2023, and on August 1, 2023, issued a query, almost a month interval, suspension before query to the applicants my lord,” Olufowobi said.

 

Granting the application, Justice Ogunbowale held: “An order of interim injunction restraining the defendants/respondents from taking any further action on the matter or anything relating thereto until the determination of the Motion On Notice is hereby granted.”

 

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