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Mimiko and OlanusiTHE National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned the roles of students in partisan politics describing the attack on the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi last Monday in Akure, by persons suspected to be students, as barbaric and politically motivated by some politicians in the state.

According to the Chairman of NANS Joint Campus Committee (JCC) Ondo Axis, Mr Oladimeji Ayodele, who distanced the student body from what he said was an uncivil and indecent act, “The purported protest held by some unscrupulous elements under the aegis National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS) in collaboration with a NANS careerist called Ayenuro Timileyin said to be the Vice President of the NANS, can be referred to as another step into the Ocean of Stupidity and Mediocrity.”

He lamented the degeneration among the Nigerian students and how they allow themselves to be used by some maverick politicians for their selfish interests and inordinate ambitions, faulting their protest to the state assembly demanding the impeachment of the Deputy Governor.

Olanusi’s convoy was attacked by the students chanting protest songs and carrying placards with several inscriptions like,  ‘No way for Olanusi in government house,’ ‘Ali Must Go,’ ‘Olanusi is a traitor’ and Jasper Ali Must resign;’ as they marched ahead after some confrontations with the Deputy-Governor’s security men, asking him to resign.

Addressing journalists at the scene, the leader of the protesters and National President of NAOSS, Afolayan Simeon said the Deputy Governor was no longer active in office and therefore should resign within seven days and failure to do so would lead to his impeachment.

He said, “We don’t want a dormant Deputy Governor, we want a younger person who will be active, so ‘Baba should resign within seven days and if he fails to do so we will appeal to the State House of Assembly to impeach him.”

The NANS JCC Chairman stated that “Alhaji Olanusi has been the Deputy Governor for 6 years and there has been no single protests from these bodies, but on the defection of the man to the opposition party, they suddenly remembered that he was a ‘Grandpa’ and too old to be in power. Those jobless miscreants are not students and have no right to speak for the student populace. They are either graduates or rented miscreants with a price tag. Student leaders have no business at all with partisan politics and should not be found working for political paymasters.”

In his reaction, the Deputy Governor alleged that the protest was directed and orchestrated against him by Governor Mimiko to molest him and further intimidate him, after he had deprived him of his entitlement since he abandoned the PDP for the opposition, 48 hours to the March 28 election.

According to him, “it is very surprising and a rude shock that a sitting governor after conducting election is still going around with thugs to attack me in the State House. You can see things yourself at the roundabout, the thugs he hired there and at the gate there, if I had not come with my convoy, they would have attacked me.

“Nobody has told me to resign. If they are talking about impeachment they should go about it in a lawful way, not that they should use thugs to attack an elected deputy governor. They should realize that as Mimiko was elected as governor, I Ali Olanusi was equally elected. He cannot be chasing me with thugs.”

The Deputy Governor urged the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone and the Inspector General of Police to strengthen his security as he was ready to resume duty as the duly elected deputy governor of the state.

Refuting Olanusi’s allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Eni Akinsola said nobody had used political thugs to harass the deputy governor. He alleged that some people were only trying to reverse the trend of peace which the state has been enjoying for the past six years.

He accused Olanusi of shooting sporadically to the air and described the protest as a reaction from the aggrieved residents, who had never witnessed such scene in the past six years saying politicians should accept democracy as normal way of life and “accept when their calculation went wrong and learn how to accept defeat.”

The Deputy-Governor has however dragged his principal, Mimiko to court, seeking an order of the court restraining the governor from stopping his allowances and salary of that of his political aides. His counsel, Barrister Oluwole Kehinde argued that Olanusi is still constitutionally empowered to enjoy all his allowances and benefits.

A source from the Governor’s office, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed to The Guardian that Mimiko took the decision in order to witch-hunt all those who are loyal to the deputy governor and to frustrate them politically.

It was also gathered that Mimiko initially pressurized the State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke to withdraw all the security details of Olanusi and also prevented him from having access to all official vehicles allotted to the office of the Deputy Governor.

However, the state Police Public Relation Officer, Wole Ogodo, denied such allegation and affirmed the political neutrality of the police and its commitment to the sustenance of democracy in the country.

Meanwhile, Justice Sanmi Isaq, while giving his ruling, ordered that the respondents in the suit, including Mimiko, Commissioner of Police and the State Director of the State Security Service (SSS) should be put on notice. The case has been adjourned till April 23 for further hearing.


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  • Ayenuro Timileyin Gbenga

    RE: STUDENT BODY DIVIDED OVER MIMIKO, DEPUTY FEUD

    The attention of the Office of VICE PRESIDENT (NATIONAL AFFAIRS) NANS have been drawn to a purported statement issued By Mr Oladimeji Ayodele who impersonates himself as NANS JCC Chairman Ondo State and Published by The Guardian Newspapers on 22nd April,2015.

    It is totally disheartening, barbaric and illegal that a student will still be impersonating the office of an organised Student Body in Ondo State.

    Mr Oladimeji was not and never the NANS JCC Chairman Chairman Ondo State. At any circumstances, he doesn’t have the right to speak on behalf of NANS JCC Ondo State.

    The Only recognised and ratified executives of NANS JCC Ondo State by the National Secretariat, National Association of Nigerian Students is one ably led Comrade Kowe Odunayo.

    We hereby urge the Public most especially the Media Houses to disregard any form of statement or representation on behalf of NANS JCC Ondo State from Mr Oladimeji Ayodele.

    We also call on all Security Agencies to caution Mr Oladimeji Ayodele on his impersonation acts before the Association take their wrath on him.

    Our Stand Once again on Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi

    After an extensive deliberation with all the student leaders in the State (NAOSS,NANS and LOCAL GOVERNMENT BODIES) in the interest of All Ondo State Students and all Nigerian Students in Ondo State; we hereby express outrage and strongly condemn the un-warranted unrest and distablization of Peace in Ondo State by the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi. It must be noted that ever since the defection of the deputy Governor from PDP to APC, Alhaji Ali Olanusi have been making serious moves to impeach the People’s Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. It is an orchestrated attempt to distort the peace and orderliness enjoyed by the residents and indigenes of Ondo state.
    Alhaji Ali Olanusi,this your un guided and anti-masses acts must STOP.
    Grand Pa Ali Olanusi, Nigerian Students in Ondo State knows you as a dormant, inactive and non-functional Deputy Governor.
    A Person that is more or less like a dead person must not be our Deputy Governor. Someone who has not in one way or the other serve the interest of the State or has ever attended any Students or Youth Function in the State.
    He is not passionate about the welfare of the Good People of Ondo State.
    As a matter of fact he is fondly called “Owo mi da” (Where is my Money) admits his Aides,Protocol and security personnels .it high time we put an end to this.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, ALI OLANUSI MUST GO
    Thanks And God Bless

    AYENURO TIMILEYIN GBENGA
    VICE PRESIDENT (NATIONAL AFFAIRS)
    NANS
    07063011276

    • aauapeeps

      BALANGA LUKOKO LUKOKOCHI !!!

      Sequel to your subsequent rejoinder to the recent Press Statement of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Joint Campus Committee Ondo State Axis, this is to you Mr. Ayenuro Timileyin.

      All your attempt to reconcile with Oladimeji Ayodele Blackey the NANS JCC Ondo Axis Chairman have been abortive because of the following reasons: (1) your Political engagement and (2)you, not being a Student.

      As the chairman of NANS JCC Ondo Axis, it is his sole responsibility to always have the interest of the Students’ community in exclusive of any other out-group/pressure group (including Political Parties) within and outside the state, exempt when our solidarity is needed by any other pressure group where the students community will directly or indirectly benefit from such.

      Am sure Blackey has intentionally ignored your political invitation and refused to solidarise with you in the Students’ Movement within the state when investigation reveals clearly the following facts, that you are (i) a graduate (ii) a member of a Political Party.

      Moreso, I wish to inform the General public that Mr. Timileyin Ayenuro is not a student of any tertiary institution in Ondo State as he had seized to be a student of Federal University of Technology, Akure which he claims to be by nature of Graduation. Hence, the general public should seize to relate Students’ related issues with him.

      However, Students should continue to stand by Blackey’s non alignment of NANS JCC Ondo Axis with any Political Party and support him while he refuses to work for any political pay master. Thus, the General Public should not be deceived by the stage managed protest by Timileyin Ayenuro and Afolayan Awodola which was acted by miscreants and rented participants as we challenged them to release the names of participants, their institutions,level and departments. The protest is not the voice of Students studying in Ondo state(indigenes of Ondo State Students tertiary institution inclusive) but the voice of Political “hallelujah” boys.

      Signed

      Olalere Julius

      General Secretary

      NANS JCC Ondo State Axis

      08138579110

  • olujeda

    The student leadership is so corrupt to the extent are worse than their fathers in politics. More so they hardly understand and or knowledgable about their environment.