The Senate of the University of Ibadan on Monday elected the current deputy vice-chancellor (Academic), Prof. Adebola Ekanola as the acting vice chancellor of the premier university and also recommend him to the Governing Council for ratification.
The selection process held at the International Conference Centre of the University was presided over by the Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun. Ekanola scored 275 votes to defeat four other contestants.
Current deputy vice chancellor (Research,Innovation and Partnerships), Prof. Olanike Adeyemo polled 13 votes; Prof. Adigun Agbaje scored 15 votes; Prof. Ayo Oluleye scored 80 votes while Prof. Gbemisola Oke got 14 votes.The total votes cast was 400 while 337 were valid.
The Governing Council is expected to ratify the emergence of Ekanola later in the day.He will act for the next six months and midwife the process of selecting a substantive VC.
Ekanola’s election as acting VC follows the directive from the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu through the National Universities Commission (NUC) that the Senate of the University should meet on Monday to select one of its members as the acting vice chancellor.
According to the Minister, the directive became expedient following the expiration of the tenure of Prof. Idowu Olayinka on Monday, November 30.