The parliament of the Obafemi Awolowo University students’ union says it has impeached its president, Oyekan Ibukun Edwards.
The Nation reports that Oyekan was impeached on Saturday, November 4, on the grounds of alleged gross misconduct, which include his alleged involvement in an attack on students.
Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa and Okediji Simon, secretary-general and public relations officer of the union, were also handed a two-week suspension for not attending the parliamentary sitting.
37 of the 52 parliamentarians present at the sitting voted in favour of impeaching the union president.
“The president was suspended by the parliament because of his involvement in a cultist attack which happened recently,” Saheed, a member of the parliament said.
“The president did call a sitting on Wednesday and at a point during the course of the sitting, cultists came to attack students and the union bus conveyed the alleged cultists in and out of the university’s premises.
“The president is the custodian of the union bus which is a non-commercial bus, so he definitely knows about the attack because the keys of the union bus are kept in his custody.”
Falayi Temitope, the speaker of the union, said the impeachment of the union’s president was well-deserved.
“The president of OAU students’ union has been impeached. He was impeached on the grounds of gross misconducts which included his involvement in an attack on students,” he said.
“Oyekan Ibukun Edwards was impeached as OAU students’ union president because he cannot be trusted on matters as regards students’ security; he allowed students to be beaten blue black by cultists who were conveyed to and fro the university premises in a bus which was meant to be in the custody of the president.
“He did invite the cultists that came to attack students at the university students’ union building on November 1st, 2017.”
Oyekan has rejected his impeachment, saying it is “not in tandem” with the union’s constitution.
“My attention has been drawn to news flying around social media that the president has been impeached, the secretary general and public relations officer of the union have been suspended for two weeks.
“May I use this medium to inform you all that it is not true and not in tandem with the sacrosanct constitution of our union.”
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