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ATBU: Chairmanship Aspirant Alleges Bias for Re-elected ASUU Chairman

By Mohammed Muktar Umar, Bauchi

A Chairmanship aspirant in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), election  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi branch Dr. Idris Isyaku Abdullahi has faulted the outcome of the union’s recent election, alleging that the electoral committee unfairly disqualified him few days to the poll to pave way for the incumbent chairman’s re-election.

Addressing journalists in Bauchi, Abdullahi lamented that the election was marred by a lot of irregularities ‘‘as only 126 members of the union were accredited by the electoral committee of the 700 financial members in the union’’.

‘‘The incumbent chairman won the seat with only 119 votes in a branch with such a number of members. What a shame? Is this not enough reason for them to know that members are not convinced with the manner in which they manned the union.

‘‘The electoral committee disqualified me base on their selfish interest and personal hatred against me and the same electoral committee accredited me for election which by implication means I was disqualified to be voted for but at the same time been allowed to vote, what a contradiction is this’’, he queried.

The lecturer also claimed that his quarrel with the union’s leadership could be traced to 2016 when he fought them for misusing the sum of N10 million contributed by members adding that he mobilised members to collect their money back which was why they were retaliating now.

He therefore called on the ASUU national body to intervene in the conflict threatening that if he would form a faction in the union if nothing is done about the matter.

When contacted, the chairman of the electoral committee Dr. Abdullahi Abdulrahman claimed that the committee disqualified the chairmanship aspirant for conducting campaigns, anti-union activities, taking five members to court recently over a dispute without exhausting internal mechanism contrary to the constitution of the union.

Abdulrahman who said that the complainant was one time given warning letter by the management added that the election was legitimate as ‘ their constitution stipulates that members who are present at meeting can vote for the union leaders.

‘‘We have 500 members but we don’t go to people’s houses to force them to come. We have 126 accredited voters out of which 125 that were present voted. So according to our constitution those who are present at the meeting not the membership of the union vote’’, he stated.

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