Report emanating from the University of Abuja has it that, A group of lecturers has dragged University of Abuja to National Industrial court Abuja over the appointment of the third best candidate as the Vice-Chancellor of the university saying the appointment didn’t follow due process.
The professors who came first and second in the VC selection interview, professor Umar Danbatta(87% scores) and professor AbdulRaheem Adebayo Lawal(73% scores) were bye passed for the third best, Prof Michale Adikwu (64%) in the appointment.
Information available from National Industrial court in Abuja shows that Dr Raji Rasheed, Dr Muktar Muhammad and Dr Nkoli Ifenyi of the university want the appointment of professor Michael Adikwu to be quashed.
The lecturers said the appointment of professor Adikwu, a professor of pharmacy from University if Nigeria Nsukka didn’t only ignore merit, but the newly appointed VC is not qualified to lead the university as pharmacy, which he specialized in, is not taught in the university.
The suit filed on behalf of the three lectures by M.A. Mahmud (SAN) and Co also alleged that three of the candidates that applied for the position were allowed to participate in the selection process.
Joined in the suit are the Governing Council, the Senate, the Registrar and the Pro-Chancellor of University of Abuja.
Also joined in the suit are Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, the National Universities Commission, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, and professor Michael Omale to the industrial court.
Counsel to the plaintiff is expected to file a motion exparte for an order of inerim injunction stopping the appointment from taking effect today at the National Industrial Court, Abuja.
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