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Abuja High Court Strikes Out Suit Bidding The Sack Of Federal University Vice Chancellor

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit seeking to void the appointment of Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina as the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) in Ekiti state.

In a judgment, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, upheld that the plaintiff – Tableland Society For the Oppressed (TSFO) – lacked the locus standi to institute the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/250/2021.

Furthermore, Justice Ekwo further said that the plaintiff failed to establish that it was registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to engage in public interest litigation and question the activities of government’s agencies.

The judge, who upheld the defendants’ preliminary objection, denied jurisdiction over the case and proceeded to strike it out.

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The Minister of Education, the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti; the Chairman of FUOYE’s Governing Council; the institution’s Registrar; the Chairman, National University Commission and Prof. Fasina are listed as defendants in the suit.

As argued among others, TSFO said that Fasina was not qualified for the appointment having allegedly been indicted for an offence and having also not done well in the interview during the selection process.

The university’s Governing Council has been accused of manipulating the selection process to favour Fashina.

The plaintiff therefore seek the court to, among others avoid Fasina’s appointment and order the conduct of a fresh appointment process.

As shown by the group in court documents stated that “the 6th defendant (Fasina) was indicted by the committee set up by Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti for collecting double salary from both Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti and Federal University Oye-Ekiti.

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“Section 42 of the Constitution has been violated by the appointment of the 6th defendant, who failed the selection interview organised.

“The defendants have all endorsed and unjustly conferred the position of the Vice-Chancellor on the 6th defendant who is not qualified at the expense of qualified candidates purely based on discrimination.

“The 6th defendant was the worst candidate at the interview, but was unjustly favoured by the 3rd defendant contrary to section 2: 14C of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Regulations governing the condition of Service of senior staff.”

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