Information reaching UCJ-UI has is that Professor Adebola Ekanola, the current deputy vice-chancellor (Academic) has emerged the university’s senate top nominee as acting VC.
This means Prof Ekanola awaits the Governing Council’s decision to confirm him as the acting vice-chancellor.
Recall that UCJ-UI had reported that the National Universities Commission (NUC) gave the directives as to how the process of appointment the acting VC would be done.
The Commission had requested the university senate to “convene a special meeting for the purpose of selecting one of its members who is not a candidate in the ongoing process for the selection of a new vice chancellor for recommendation to the Governing Council for appointment as acting vice-chancellor…”
Prof Ekanola who polled 275 votes to emerge the top nominee defeated other nominees—Prof Olanike Adeyemo, the current deputy vice-chancellor, Research Strategic and Innovative Partnerships, (13 votes), Prof A. Oluleye (80 votes), Prof Adigun Agbaje (15 votes) and Prof Gbemisola Oke (14 votes).
To reach this decision and to avoid further interference from government and politicians, the Senate had a thorough meeting. It at first decided that the process of choosing a nominee would be by voting and not by consensus. It then called for nominees, after which an election was conducted and the results were ratified before they were announced.