January 26, 2017 at 9:36 am #7270
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At the congress today, there was a big debate on the issue of taking 2.5 C.G.P.A as the minimum criterium for students who want to contest in the forthcoming SUG election. There were two clear sides, those for and against the 2.5 C.G.P.A. criterium. The electoral commission chairman made it lucid that you can’t contest if you’ve committed an outstanding offense that has put your name to disrepute. Another student ,who is against the issue on 2.5 C.G.P.A lamented that it’s in the constitution that if you have no offence and you are an active student you are eligible to vote and be voted for . He also stated the politics, the school management and electoral commission is trying to play by disqualifying some persons due to physical appearance like the handicaps. He also said the 2.5 C.G.P.A is as a result of the electoral commission trying to eliminate some persons . Our correspondent gathered some people’s point of views .
A 500 level student of the faculty of law, Emperor K stated that 2.5 is actually “a mediocrity and not an excellent academic result”.So 2.5 is an average, okay for the minimum for anyone aspiring for a political post in SUG. Another student who goes by the name Themmy T, said she is in support of whatever the congress decides upon and she has no problem with the result. Emerald said, a leader should be intellectually sound and morally right. A leader should be all encompassing. Also,is Anna diva who is in support of whatever the congress decides.
Someone put forward that anyone elected into the SUG is representing Great Ife as a whole therefore a mediocre is not fit to do that, so an unintelligent person cannot lead.
As at the compilation of this report, the ban on electioneering process has not been lifted and students are still unsure about how things are going to turn out.
Show baba, the electoral commission chairman ended the congress abruptly as he said that the congress will see to it that people below 2.5 C.G.P.A can not contest for any post in the SUG and he was rushed down to SUB by security aides in order to escape the angry mob. One of the numerous people we interviewed asked that “when will the electoral commission be autonomous and will they be able to conduct a free and fair election , or will the election even hold?”
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