The Students’ Union of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has condemned a statement credited to wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Akeredolu which labeled students of the University as “irresponsible”.
The alleged statement was made by, Mrs Akeredolu at a program at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) last weekend.
Sources present at the event confirmed that, Akeredolu labelled AAUA students as “very irresponsible” based on her encounter with some of them during a peaceful protest against the astronomical tuition fees imposed on us by her husband, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Among those who confirmed the statement at the event include the immediate past Commissioner for Youth in the state, Mr Dayo Awude.
In a press release signed by the President of the Union, Eyinla Temitope (otherwise known as Bowbow), the students’ body of the University expressed disappointment on the alleged statement by Akeredolu, stressing that AAUA students have a track record of good character, behaviour in both in learning and service.
It reads, “To set the records straight, it is a known fact that AAUA students are known for record of good conduct in behaviour, character and learning, as well as massive academic excellence.
“So, for a public figure as ranked as the wife of the governor to have painted us in such a very bad light is not only delusional, but it is also a figment of its imaginator because it is highly fictitious.
“We therefore urge her to desist from this business of label, defamation, calumny and deliberate assassination of our character as 21st century students properly called.”
The Union therefore gave the Wife of the Governor a 7-day ultimatum to apologise to its members or prepare to face legal action, citing the statement as libelous. Attempts to reach the governor’s wife were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report as the aides were not willing to comment on the matter.