The Osun State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and its stakeholders have agreed to mobilize and canvas for votes in aiding the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in winning the 2019 presidential elections.
The agreement was made during a meeting held with the Deputy Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South) and the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, which took place at the Political Academy in Sagamu.
Pulse reports that the meeting was attended by all the representatives of all the tertiary institutions in the state.
While lamenting what they called the “the lack of direction of both the present state and federal governments especially as it relates to education development”, the academics took turns to express their dissatisfaction at the way politicians have made the people destitute and beggarly by attempting to sway their votes with little inducements which ultimately results in incompetent leaders.
They also bemoaned the state of the education sector in the state, emphasizing the fact that higher institutions are starved of the funds in the form of accumulated salaries and allowances which have remained unpaid for months now.
The lecturers came to the conclusion that Atiku will take Nigeria out of its economical crisis and set the country back on track, in the face of “his commitment to create jobs for the teeming masses.”
One lecturer said, “Atiku’s promise of restructuring the nation and provision of jobs for the unemployed are key to a nation’s development and the academia is ready to lend their weight behind the PDP candidate in order not to have a repeat of the 2015 scenario. We are on the same page with Atiku and whatever we do, we do it well.”
Otunba Daniel later went on to assure the attendees of Atiku’s commitment to restructuring.
“It should be noted that Atiku has been talking incessantly about restructuring for the past years and already has the blueprint as encapsulated in his compendium of speeches”.
He also stressed that restructuring is all about decentralization which would ensure that power is not concentrated in just one area while other states and local governments remain impoverished.
“The challenge we have is that we have to rise up and say enough is enough of the present government”, Daniel said.
According to Daniel, the meeting was timely and in the utmost interest of the people so that “we don’t miss out in the forthcoming dispensation.
“The coming election will be a defining moment in the political history of our country. Buhari has failed in all his cardinal programmes of improving the economy, provision of adequate security and fighting corruption. He has instead been playing politics with corruption. We cannot perform experiment with the presidency. This is not about Buhari but about the future of the country. The question is if we want the status quo to remain or if we want a change,” he added.