Union holds election as court lifts order

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 22nd, 2014
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A new Students’ Union Government (SUG) executive has emerged at the Delta State University (DELSU). The election came after two disqualified presidential aspirants withdrew their court case against the school, report PHILIP OKORODUDU (Graduating student of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering) and ESE OKODUWA (300-Level Home Economics Education).

The Students’ Union Government (SUG) election of the Delta State University (DELSU) finally took place last week. It held after a court injunction restraining the management or its representatives from conducting the election, pending the determination of a suit filed by two disqualified presidential aspirants was vacated.

The exercise was scheduled to hold on April 30 but was postponed till last week, because of the aggrieved aspirants’ suit.

The disqualified aspirants, Wisdom Eghwubare, a 400-Level Sociology student, and Iteveh Ekpokpobe, a 400-Level Mass Communication student, approached the Isiokolo High Court, praying for the restoration of their rights to stand for the election as bonafide students of the university.

The court issued an order preventing the school from holding the elections, pending the determination of the suit.

CAMPUSLIFE gathered that three of the five presidential candidates were barred from contesting by the management, which did not give reasons for its action. But it was learnt that the aspirants were disqualified because they did not meet the conditions set for the exercise, including the minimum of a Commutative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.51.

The plaintiffs argued that the management lacked the locus standi to disqualify them without stating the reasons. They prayed the court to compel the school to state the reasons for which they were disqualified. The students urged the court to enforce their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

CAMPUSLIFE investigation revealed that after the preliminary screening to ascertain the aspirants’ CGPA, the management undertook further screening on other aspects of their life.

The aspirants said they were not told the other criteria checked by the management to allow students stand for election.

But, barely a week after filing the suit, the disqualified students were said to have withdrawn it. CAMPUSLIFE learnt that the plaintiffs were advised against taking the school to court but to iron out their differences with the management.

It was learnt that the students were told that their actions tantamount to a breach of the matriculation oath they swore to uphold and that the management might deal with them if they proceed with the court case.

CAMPUSLIFE was informed that after wide consultations, the Dean of  Students Affairs, Prof Timi Akporhunor, convinced the aggrieved students to withdraw the case, promising that no action would be taken against them. The management, he said, would pay for the expenses they might have incurred on the case.

The election was held in a peaceful. The security personnel covered all strategic points within the voting area.

The open ballot exercise started at 9am and lasted for four hours. Counting of votes started immediately and ended at 4am.

Obaro Ohwojero, a 300-Level Business Administration, was elected president; Pleasure Gbakena, a 400-Level Microbiology student, is the Vice President.

Others are David Etagbedavwe, 300-Level Philosophy, Secretary General; Stanley Awo, 300-Level Library and Information Science, Director of Information; and Joshua Ezie, 400-Level Political Science, Director of Socials, among others.

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