Tokunbo Abiru denies urging Sanwo-Olu to cancel LASU VC selection process

Polaris Bank CEO Tokunbo Abiru

Senator Tokunbo Abiru (APC-Lagos East) has denied involvement in the cancellation of the Lagos State University (LASU) vice-chancellor selection process ordered on January 8 by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“In a 10-minute video published on @baloguneko Instagram handle, one Abisoye Oyeyemi Oshodi, wrongfully alleged that I prevailed on Mr Governor to cancel the first selection process of the next LASU VC,” Abiru said in a statement on Sunday.

“He (Oshodi) also alleged that I told Mr Governor to screen out indigenes of Ikorodu Division (of Lagos State) contesting for the vice chancellorship position of the university.

“He claimed that I gave this advice on the grounds that Ikorodu Division was only interested in the governorship seat and not the vice chancellor position.

“All these claims were nothing, but mere figments of Mr. Oshodi’s imagination. They do not in any way represent the truth.”

The lawmaker said he did not play any role in the whole process.

“For the purpose of record, I worked in public and private sectors for 32 years before I joined partisan politics. For this period, I was a promoter of good corporate governance hinged on competence, due process and transparency.

“Even though I am now in partisan politics, I still believe these values should be at the core of operations in all public or private institutions.

“I strongly believe the appointment of LASU VC, like in other tertiary institutions nationwide, should be based on competence and due process,” Abiru added.

Following the governor’s order, LASU Senate, on January 11, appointed Prof Damola Oke as the acting vice-chancellor of the institution.