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Was the IEC Right to Remove Stakeholder from the Presidential Race? - LASUites Forum

Akorede Wins Case Against LASULAWS IEC As LASUSU High Court Gives Ruling
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"Omo!" --- an expression that embodies every possible ounce of surprise or shock there could possibly exist in the world and that every politically inclined LASUite currently feels.

"Omo!" --- the word that every LASUite cannot afford not to mouth as they are thrown into an unexpected frenzy of indescribable emotions even as the world went to sleep.

For those that haven't heard, in the late hours of the 5th of February, 2023, the 33rd #LASUSU-IEC (The Praecellens, as they call themselves) took the LASUSU political community by surprise when, in accordance with the provisions of the LASUSU Electoral Act , 2022, Part B, Section 9 (2) (a), they announced that Stakeholder (the golden boy of many, and a favourite in the #LASUSU Presidential contest) was disqualified from the race.

Their claim being that he violated the LASUSU Electoral Act by sponsoring adverts about his candidacy before the ban was lifted.

"What ban?" You ask?

Well, according to the Lagos State University Students' Union Electoral Act, 2022, Part B, Chapter 2, Item 17 (3): "All campaigns must not commence until the committee has lifted the ban."

And it appears #Stakeholder has fallen short of that particular requirement--- or hasn't he? We are about to find out.

A little flashback to when the aforementioned IEC was established weeks ago. A lot of dust was raised and eyebrows were unavoidably lifted when the IEC was dominated by individuals who had previously ran for certain LASUSU positions and lost (individuals with political affiliations), thereby fuelling speculations about the IEC being one of the Union's machinations to manipulate the electoral process and ensure that their preferred candidate(s) emerge victorious.

How true are these allegations? Are they mere conspiracy theories or not? Of course, we definitely can't tell.

However, for many, the latest drama around Stakeholder confirms their belief and for others, it's just the IEC's neutrality manifesting.

But whatever the case may be, it's obvious that Stakeholder and his faction of loyalists will be suffering the brunt of the IEC's wrath, and it remains to be seen if they'll calmly and silently bear that brunt or not.

Unknown to many, this saga began ages before yesternight, when three individuals ( #BoluCarry, #DVD, and Stakeholder) from a faculty ( #LASULAWS ) felt they were up to the task and decided to have a shot at the Union's apex seat --- the Presidency.

In the long run, to better the said faculty's chances of producing the next LASUSU President, the faculty decided to hold a primary election to decide who gets to run under its umbrella.

A primary election? (How intersting)

Unknown to the faculty and Stakeholder (the much-purported golden boy of the faculty), that primary was to be the bane of their aspirations for DVD, on the one hand, blatantly refused to attend the primaries as he claimed it was merely a plot to eliminate other aspirants from the race against Stakeholder.

Whereas BoluCarry, on the other hand, refused to attend the primaries as he claimed that the letter sent to him in that regard wasn't appended by the appropriate authorities, thusly rendering the missive illegitimate.

And so, only Stakeholder, who apparently had no grudges attended the primaries and was selected as the faculty's "flagbearer".

The faculty then went ahead to make a public announcement of that development, announcing to the world that Stakeholder was the faculty's chosen Presidential candidate - that Stakeholder was running for LASUSU Presidency - before the ban was lifted. How then, does Stakeholder come into the picture? What then, is Stakeholder' s offence?

According to reports, Stakeholder was privy to the broadcast of his faculty, and witnesses claim he ratified that news by rebroadcasting on his social media pages. By implication, he announced his candidacy to the world by reposting his faculty's broadcast.(what a blunder!)

That being said, in light of this development, many have claimed that the IEC's decision was too harsh and largely biased and political but the truth is that the Law recognises neither foe nor friend.

What is more, Stakeholder, being very familiar with the stipulations of the Union having ran previous elections, should have known better than to go against the constitution.

He, having served as the Welfare Director of the Union should have known better than make a public announcement of his aspirations before the ban was lifted. He, being a custodian of the Law, should have known better than fall short of the Law.

However all hope is not lost for Stakeholder and his supporters as he has the right to seek redress in court. And so, it remains to be seen if the IEC has successfully drawn the curtain on Stakeholder's political aspirations or not.

See you in court, hopefully!

Credits: Awonuga Mujeeb, Editor, LASU Life Newsletter
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