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Poly Ibadan Students Stage Protest, Block Main Gate

On Thursday, hundreds of students at the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Oyo State demonstrated against what they saw as their exclusion from voting in the institution’s Students Union Government (SUG) executive elections.

In the early hours of Thursday, the students obstructed the institution’s main gate.

The institution’s SUG leaders were chosen online on Wednesday, according to DAILY POST.

It was discovered that the gateway for the election was only accessible to current students pursuing the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) 2 and Higher National Diploma (HND) 2 degrees.

The OND 1 and HND 1 students were then furious over the exclusion.

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The institution’s entrance gate was blocked by the students at the time of this report, making it difficult for other students, staff members, and outside guests to enter.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, acknowledged that the election took place on Wednesday.

Only current OND 2 and HND 2 students were permitted to vote, he acknowledged.

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Because certain OND 1 and HND 1 students have not finished the registration process, Soladoye maintained that they are not eligible to vote.

He said, “The election was held online and students were barred from coming to the school to vote. They were supposed to vote from their home using the application.

As of yesterday, only the OND 2 and HND 2 were allowed to vote because OND 1 and HND 1 have not completed the registration that will allow them to vote.

“The fact is that it is an online thing and the contestants were represented at the collation centre and they were looking at it as the votes were dropping. This is the third time we are doing online voting.”

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