The Senate of the University of Ibadan on Monday elected Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Before now Ekanola is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics.
He was elected on Monday – the same day the tenure of Prof Idowu Olayinka expired as the VC of the university.
Ekanola was said to have scored a total of 275 votes to defeat four other professors nominated for the position.
Prof A. Oluleye was said to have scored 80 votes to come second while Prof Adigun Agbaje polled 15 votes to place third; Prof Gbemisola Oke polled 14 votes and Prof Olanike Adeyemi got 13 votes.
Updated. Ekanola, who is expected to be the institution head for the next six months, will assume office December 1, 2020.
The University of Ibadan has in recent times been in the news over the selection of a new vice chancellor for the institution
The two Non-Academic Staff Unions of University of Ibadan (UI) – SSANU and NASU – protested against alleged proposed imposition of candidate for the next vice chancellor of the institution.
The selection process for another vice-chancellor has created prolonged impasse among stakeholders on the campus including management, governing council and staff unions.
The development degenerated to the extent that the education minister, Mr. Adamu, was compelled to order a fresh process after he said he was inundated with complaints against principal officers including the outgoing VC, Mr. Olayinka.