A human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has asked the
embattled Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede,Osun State, Mr. John
Taiwo Adekolawole, to step aside from office honourably over the
allegation of gross misconducts leveled against him by the ASUP
Chairman of the Polytechnic, Mr. A. Masopa recently.
He stated that the call became imperative as a way to pave way for
independent investigators to investigate the mirage of allegations,
bordering on plagiarism, abuse of office, nepotism and other grave
offences leveled against Adekolawole.
This was contained in a signed statement by Comrade Sulaiman and
copies were made available to newsmen on Tuesday, alleging that
Adekolawole had committed grave offences in the service of the
Polytechnic which made him to change his surname from Edaogbogun to
Adekolawole because he had earlier been barred from holding any duty
and sensitive position in the citadel of learning, adding that
Edaogbogun (now Adekolawole) was alleged to be barred through a letter
titled: SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY AND REMOVAL FROM DIRECTORSHIP AND HEADSHIP OF THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND DEPARTMENT OF LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY RESPECTIVELY,
The statement added that the current Rector of the Federal
Polytechnic,Ede,Mr. J.T. Edaogbogun (as he then was) changed his
surname to present Adekolawole when he realized that the name
“Edaogbogun” could not be allowed to occupy any position of
responsibility in the Polytechnic community because Edaogbogun had
been used to perpetrate evils as a Lecturer in the year past in the
Polytechnic which made the disciplinary Committee of the institution
to suspend him without pay for two session and as well removed him
from Directorship and Headship of the School of Applied Sciences and
Department of Science Laboratory Technology respectively over what
they termed as “Gross Misconduct’ as contained in a Letter dated 1st
November,1995 with reference number:-FPE/99/01/117 and signed by the
then Registrar of the institution,F.C. Mordi.
Sulaiman who is Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social
Justice (CHRSJ) further alleged that Adekolawole had involved in the
financial mismanagement of the School funds to the tune of Sixty
million naira (N60, 000,000), noting that the rights group (CHRSJ) had
concluded arrangement to forward a Petition Letter to the nation’s
anti-graft body for alleged financial mismanagement and other sundry
issues against Adekolawole.
According to the statement; our investigation revealed that Mr.
Edaogbogun Adekolawole led management team of the Polytechnic in
collaboration with the Polytechnic Governing Council Chairman, hired
ADMUHAM Travels and Tours to organize illegal retreats for few members
of the Governing Council where the sum of Forty million naira (
N40,000,000) were approved and withdrawn from the Polytechnic treasury
in less than twenty- four (24) hours as reflected in the two internal
memory double dated 12th February,2020 with reference
Also, through internal Memo dated 30th January, 2020 with reference
number:-FPE/REC/PRO/308, the Rector approved illegal sum of Eight
Hundred and Ninety Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Naira (N891,
180.00k) for air ticket, hotel accommodation and transport fare for
the wedding ceremony of the younger brother of the Council Chairman in
Sokoto State and Rector approved the same Air ticket fare for his
wife, Mrs. Olukemi Adekolawole and many more of financial scandals.
It would be recalled recently in the media that the Rector of the
Federal Polytechnic, Ede, has been alleged to have enmeshed in series
of allegations of violating the extant laws guiding the regulations of
the institution by the Polytechnic ASUP Chairman, saying that since
Adekolawole became Rector, his tenure has been characterized with
lopsided appointment, indiscriminate issuance of queries, nepotism,
disobedience to the extant rules and others.
Part of the reported allegations against the Rector in the media,
were; on December 11,2017, few month after his appointment as Rector
gave his wife, Mrs. Olukemi Adekolawole,what can be regarded as triple
promotion.Although, the Rector had refuted all the allegations of
gross misconducts leveled against him by the ASUP boss.
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,
Executive Chairman, CHRSJ,