The Senate of the University of Ibadan has elected Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola as the new Acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the university.
The move was to avoid a leadership vacuum following the expiration of Prof. Idowu Olayinka’s tenure as the university’s VC on Monday.
The process of selecting a substantive VC for the university was embroiled in crisis, leading to the cancellation of the process.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) subsequently ordered a fresh selection process. The fresh process, which is ongoing, is already embroiled in a fresh crisis.
With the situation, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, asked the Senate of the university to appoint an acting VC.
On Monday, Ekanola, who is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, beat four other professors to emerge as the acting VC.
He scored 275 votes while Prof A. Oluleye was said to have scored 80 votes to come second; Prof Adigun Agbaje polled 15 votes to place third; Prof Gbemisola Oke polled 14 votes and Prof Olanike Adeyemi got 13 votes.
The Director, Public Communication, University of Ibadan, Olatunji Oladejo, confirmed the election of Ekanola to Premium Times.
He, however, said the UI Governing Council still needs to ratify the senate recommendation.
“Senate recommends but not appoints. It is the Council that appoints,” Oladejo said.