By Albert Akota
40-year-old student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Tijani Usman Shehu, has emerged as the new President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), after a controversial convention at Delta State University, Abraka, Delta state.
The new President who was an officer of the association in the 1990s, according to report from The Cable, emerged winner with over 160 votes from 239 eligible votes.
It was gathered that many resisted his participation in the election for studentship and age reasons, but his supporters opposed, arguing that only his parents could tell his true age.
It was said that the convention was brought to an abrupt end with the election of just four office holders.
“They brought the convention to an abrupt end when they had voted into their four key offices; the president, senate president, treasurer and ex-officio II,” a source was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, many of those who attended the convention had expressed fears that the new NANS would be an appendage of the People Democratic Party (PDP), as the new president is a staunch supporter of the party. That’s not hidden,” a top NANS figure said.
“All I see here is continuity, as the previous president, Yinka Gbadebo (a.k.a Ayefelle), a student representative of the just-concluded national confab was in support of the president-elect and both of them support Team Jonathan 2015″ Roys Ochais, the newly-elected senate president, whose university could not be confirmed, is also said to be close to 40 years of age.
Many student-senators decried the hands of political parties in the running of the NAN elections. “Most senators (student union presidents) are selling their tags to stand by who they will vote for” an aspirant said.
“It is an irony that the people who say Buhari is too old to be president in 2015 will elect a 40-year-old as NANS president.” he added.