A 500 level student of the Department of Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Animashaun Emmanuel Oluseyi, was last Tuesday (July 17, 2018) elected the new President of the University of Ilorin Students' Union.

         Animashaun scored a total of 5,067 votes to defeat seven other contestants in the election conducted through the electronic voting system. 

         Those in the race with Animashaun, are Abdulrauf  Taofeeq Olaitan, 3,831 votes; Oyesiji           Abdulazeez, 3,139 votes; Adekunle Sofiu Tobi, 3,365 votes; Oyemi Ahmed Olalekan, 1,537 votes; Abobarin Mueez Lekan, 1,121 votes; Maiyaki Abubakar Damilare, 988 votes; and Ashimi Nosiru Minolai, 129 votes.   

         The election of the medical student made him the first to be so elected from the College of Health Sciences, since the establishment of the University about 43 years ago. 

          Another upset thrown up by the election is the emergence of a female student, Miss Adebowale Adeyinka Rodiat, as the first ever female Sport Secretary of the Union. She scored 7,360 votes to defeat her male opponent, Olagunju Afeez Olanrewaju, who scored 4,326 votes.

         Also elected are Abdulrasaq Kaosarah Adeyi, Vice President (PS); Mohammed Mary Feranmi, Vice President (COHS); Adeniyi Kayode Banji, General Secretary: Ajewole Oluwatobi Bolaji, Financial Secretary; Isa Abass Usman, Public Relations Officer; Olomu Abdulqaadir, Welfare Secretary (PS); Ekundayo Oluwole Joshua, Welfare Secretary (COHS); Shuaib Shuaibat Motunrayo, Social Secretary; and Ajede Khadijah Adebanke, Assistant General Secretary.

         Speaking with Unilorin Bulletin on the election, the Dean of Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, Prof. L. T Ajibade, said, “I cannot judge myself because this is the first election I'm conducting as Dean of Student Affairs. But there are little modifications that may have upgraded                       the conduct of this  year’s  election.

         “We ensured that all the candidates were screened by the DSS. And I monitored ISEC (Independent Students Electoral Commission) to ensure nobody is unlawfully disallowed to contest.”

           Also speaking with Unilorin Bulletin, the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. M. Akanmu, said that security issues cannot be taken for granted, particularly when in a neighbouring institution, a Vice-President was recently paraded for cultism.

           Also  speaking with Unilorin Bulletin, the Chief Security Officer, University, Mr. Muhammad Inuwa Tijani, stated that “since it is online, there is no need for much monitoring because, students can be in the comfort of their rooms and still cast their votes", adding that the security men were on ground for the collation and announcement.

      He commended the e-voting technique of the University, saying “online voting remains the best method of voting as it requires less monitoring and less security personnel. The only time security was required was during collation and declaration of results”.