- The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Ogun state have promised to support the PDP's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar
- ASUU said it would ensure that Atiku emerges victorious in the forthcoming presidential election in February
- According to the association, lack of direction of both the present state and federal governments in educational development led to the decision to back Atiku's campaign in the state
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and Stakeholders in the educational sector in Ogun state on Tuesday, February 5, to resolve to work, canvass and mobilise individuals in support of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar's victory.
The association said it would ensure that Atiku emerges victorious in the forthcoming presidential election in February.
The meeting which took place held with the Deputy Chairman of People's Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council (South) and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel at the Political Academy in Sagamu, had representatives of all the tertiary institutions in the State in attendance.
The Academics, who spoke in turns, lamented the lack of direction of both the present state and federal governments in educational development.
The union said the neglect of the educational system has drawn the clock of development backwards in the sector.
ASUU also alleged that the political class has pauperized the people causing them to sway their votes with little inducements thereby electing incompetent leaders resultant of the present situation which the State and the country has found itself.
"The state of education in Ogun is lamentable. Higher institutions were starved of funds with accumulated salaries and allowances unpaid," ASUU said.
Commending the restructuring agenda of Atiku together with his commitment to create jobs for the teeming masses, they believe these policies will take Nigeria out of the woods putting it back on track.
"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 2015 scenario.
"We are on the same page with Atiku and whatever we do, we do it well," the union said.
The association also noted that there is a vacuum in the political terrain especially in regards to education in Nigeria.
Further responding, Otunba Daniel assured them of Atiku's undying passion for restructuring.
He said that restructuring is all about decentralisation so that powers are not concentrated at the centre impoverishing the states and local governments as we have at the present moment.
"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.
"The challenge we have is that we have to rise up and say enough is enough of the present government".
"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 he country. The question is if we want the status quo to remain or if we want a change," Daniel said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that following the inability of stakeholders in the education sector to resolve the strike embarked upon by ASUU, the association on Tuesday, February 5, conducted a nationwide referendum.
The referendum, Legit.ng learnt, was to decide whether to suspend the industrial action which has crippled activities in the nation’s universities for three months or to continue until the federal government meets the demands of the lecturers.
The referendum was organized by the national leadership of the union which directed its coordinators at the zones to meet with their various chairmen over the action.
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