The Ondo State Government has affirmed its recognition of Com. Ayoade Kikiowo, AY-Original as the President of the National Association of Ondo State Students.
In a statement made available to our correspondent and signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students’ Affairs, Hon. Muyiwa Ogunyemi, the affirmation was part of the resolutions of a conciliatory meeting to resolve the crisis that rocked the Association.
The meeting which held on Monday also had in attendance Special Assistants on Youth Mobilization, Mr Adebiyi Mayowa; Prince Dapo Adepoju and Gbologe Olufunmi Alex from North, Central and South respectively.
Recall that the crisis that rocked the Association had started when the Legislative arm claimed to have received petitions of gross misconduct on the President.
It was later said that the Senate President of the Association, Sen. Joshua Akindoyo without a plenary sitting to hear the petition singlehandedly constituted an investigative committee.
The committee chaired by Sen. Ayanuola Funmilayo was said to have submitted its report to the parliament according to the contentious plenary session that held via zoom on June 18.
A statement by the parliamentary arm later that day announced the impeachment of the President by the 63 senators of the Association.
However, this has been rebuffed by some Senators who claimed that the zoom meeting only recorded the highest attendance of 27 members, which does not form the required quorum for such meeting to hold.
Also, Sen. Olugbemiro Oluwatobiloba of Adeyemi College of Education had denied raising an impeachment motion at the zoom meeting.
“Mr Senate President ask a Senator to adopt a report, which I did,” Sen. Olugbemiro said.
“I didn’t move any motion against anybody particularly to impeach,” he added.
In a statement by Com. Kikiowo expressing his disappointments, he revealed that he exhausted all means possible to reach an amicable solution.
“This whole drama, ab initio, was to distract our administration from charging out to achieve its goals especially at this point in time.
“Even after I denied these allegations, I made several moves to reach amicable settlements with the aggrieved parties, just in my bid to ensure that the house is united going forward.
“We had our first meeting with the SSA last month and we concluded on certain resolutions that I chose not to challenge just for peace to reign. I played my part according to the resolutions by dissolving appointees to my office which they had complained about.
“Unfortunately, they still went ahead to conduct the unconstitutional plenary session on zoom where they claimed to have impeached me.
“On reverting to the SSA, he called for the second meeting and the resolutions are what we have now.”
Com. Kikiowo also disclosed that after quashing these distractions, it is time to once again focus on executing the plans of the leadership of the Association.
Com. Kikiowo also stated that he would address members of the Association and the public soonest.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Government has enjoined all relevant agencies to recognize Com. Ayoade Kikiowo as President and accord to him regards of the office.