HERE IS WHAT ONE OF THE STUDENTS SAID
“Today, i did my part, i made my stand.Happy joining OAU students to show President Jonathan his government and poverty-inducing capitalist policies are not welcomed. He expected a rousing welcome, instead he was confornted with a protest.
Fayose got perhaps the biggest embarrassment of his life today. He walked confidently to Ife students expecting to be applauded. I can’t yet forget the look of shock on his face as shout of Ole! Ole ! (Thief! Thief!) rented the air. Hastily his security details whisked him away.
President Jonathan’s convoy was delayed as students sat on the road chanting slogans. Clumsily one by one, the royal fathers made their way out not sure who next would be greeted with shout of “thief!”
Those to be pitied (not sure if they even deserve it though) were the hundreds of PDP supporters who had thronged the campus with different banners to welcome Jonathan. They looked dejected, their banners hanging around them. How could they start dancing as they planned with the hundreds of students chanting solidarity songs just beside them?
At the end, as the helicopters lifted from the ground, i didnt see a single person waving the President goodbye. It was like good riddance. If my guess is right,someone might soon be fired for fixing OAU on the President’s itinery
H.T. Soweto has spoken
Extracted from Nairaland
Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday expressed their frustration with the ‘unfavourable’ condition they were subjected to over the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan in the institution.
Jonathan is attending a conference with South-West traditional rulers and politicians at the OAU.
It was gathered that public buses were not allowed into the school premises and majority of the students had to trek long distances to their examination hall.
In one of the instances, a Post Graduate Diploma student was seen arguing with security personnel after she refused entry.
Though she explained that she had exam, the security officials refused her plea.
Students were also seen protesting at the front of Oduduwa Hall where the meeting was holding.
The placard-carrying protesters were heard shouting “thief” on all the politicians that storm the venue.
Among the inscription on their placards are, “Education is our right, give us credible leadership, all we want is standard education.”
According to the students, they suspect that the leaders are in the school to endorse the president for 2015, despite “his failure to develop the educational sector.”
They also claimed that the meeting subjected them to suffering and was ill-timed because they are writing their examinations.
Some of the students also alleged that the buses provided by their union to ease movement were disturbed by politicians.
One of them identified as Isreal, said, “This is rubbish. Is the president or politics more important than our lives? How will they subject us to this kind of suffering. Buses were denied entrance and we have to start trekking.”
Another student added, “All in the name of presidential visit, all activities are put on hold. We can’t do anything. They should not have brought this kind of meeting here. They should know OAU students don’t like oppressors. They have the guts to come here after increasing our school fees exorbitantly.”
When contacted, the President of the Students Union of OAU, Isaac Ibikunle, said buses have been provided to aid the movement of the students.
Lagos APC sinking – Agbaje
A Lagos State governorship aspirant, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has described the All Progressives Congress in the state as a ‘sinking ship.’
Agbaje, who is running for the governorship seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, said if given the ticket of the party at the December 8 primary, members of the APC would begin to defect en masse.
According to a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwaina, Agbaje said this while addressing delegates of the PDP.
He said, “If I get the PDP ticket, even the APC people will abandon their party and their party’s candidate to come and work for us. They know their party is about to crumble.
“I don’t just want to be the PDP governorship candidate for Lagos State. I want to be the Governor of Lagos State.”
He predicted that the PDP would rule Lagos State for more than 16 years after winning in 2015.
“When the PDP secures power in Lagos, it won’t be for four years, eight years, and not even 16 years. This is because the PDP has come to reorganise Lagos and develop it to world standard,” he said.
Agbaje told delegates of the party to ensure that a dictator did not emerge as the candidate of the party.