A former Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Senator Bode Olajumoke, has said that the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Femi Mimiko, is wrong to allege that the then Governing Council of the varsity denied him the opportunity to be appointed as the VC in 2006 for political reasons.
Mimiko was said to have alleged in a book he just published that Olajumoke and other members of the AAUA council refused to consider him for the position of the VC of the school even when he topped the list of the 13 candidates interviewed for the top job.
He allegedly said in the book, titled, Getting our Universities back on Track,that the reason why he was denied the position was political.
However, Olajumoke, in a statement issued in Akure, said Mimiko was not given the job at that time because he was not qualified for it and did not score the required mark in the interview, noting that there was no political underpinning involved in the matter.
He said, “Although he came first in the interview, he was not found eligible because his score was far below the minimum score of 70 per cent of a candidate required to be appointed as VC. The minimum score for appointment is a norm in selecting vice-chancellors and, in my tenure, it was 70 per cent.
“No candidate was found eligible at the end of the interview because the highest score, which was obtained by Mimiko, was just 54 per cent.
“Under the parameter of number of years as a professor, he got the least mark of 2 out of 10, while another candidate scored 10 out of 10. It could not have been higher because as of 2006 when he was interviewed, he had been a professor for only two years.”
Olajumoke added that the Council decided to repeat the process when none of the candidates scored the required minimum mark.
“It was the same Governing Council that insisted that Prof.Femi Mimiko should be appointed as the Acting Vice-Chancellor after the expiration of the tenure of the then vice-chancellor, despite protests by his colleagues.”
According to him, the then Visitor ( former Governor Olusegun Agagu) accepted the recommendation of the Council and Mimiko was appointed as the acting vice-chancellor since he was the then incumbent deputy vice-chancellor.