By Emmanuel Elebeke
Worried by the current campaign of calumny by a group that calls itself Concerned Citizens of Anambra State againstÂ the candidacy of Engr. Henry Aginam for the position of Rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, a community based group, the Oko Youths ForumÂ has warned the group against what it described as campaign of calumny, sayingÂ the selection of who becomes the next Rector of the institutionÂ should be done in a transparent and mature manner.
While stating that Federal Polytechnic Oko which has produced men of timber and caliber since inception is not for sale to the highest bidder, theÂ group in a statement signed by its President, Daniel Ifeadigorom noted with dismay the manner and media propaganda being used by theÂ group against a candidate perceived to be enjoying wide acceptance.
â€œFor aboutÂ three decades now, the Federal Polytechnic OkoÂ has come to stay. We do not want any form of campaign of calumny against any candidate for the position of the Rector of the institution. The selection process calls for transparency. The selection process also calls for equal opportunity.
The authorities know who is the best qualified candidate for the rector ship. The position requiresÂ somebody who is experiencedÂ in the academic field andÂ a candidate who is God fearing. We need somebody who can restore sanity in the system. We need somebody who can take this institution to the next level.Â Enough is enoughâ€ he said in the statement.
It would be recalled that theÂ Anambra State Security Service, (SSS) had earlier clearedÂ Engr. Henry AginamÂ over allegedÂ membership of secret cult at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University by aÂ group that calls itself concerned Citizens of Anambra State
Meanwhile, investigations have revealed that theÂ allegations by the faceless group were geared towards tarnishing the image of Aginam, one of the top contenders of for the post of rector ofÂ Federal Polytechnic Ok.
Aginam, it was gathered,Â is a Civil Engineer by profession, an academician of repute, an academic Doctor, and a Structural Engineer among others.
It was also gathered that Aginam is anÂ experienced lecturer andÂ a member of many professional bodies includingÂ Nigerian Society of Engineers, a member of Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers, a member of prestigious Knighthood of St Paulâ€™s Anglican Church Awka, among others.