BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Three candidates, among them the acting Vice Chancellor of Bayelsa State government-owned Niger Delta University, have declared their intenterest for the position of substantive vice chancellor of the institution.
The institution, which was founded by former governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has been under the management of an acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni.
It was learnt that majority of the staff of the institution and adjunct co-professors are favourably disposed to the appointment of the current acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogoni, a kinsman of President Goodluck Jonathan, whom they described as a patriotic, competent, humble and selfless servant in the university system.
Others in the race for the office include Prof. Ebiamadon Brisibe, who hails from Delta State and Prof. Sikoki from the university’s host community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
A senior staff of the institution who spoke anonymously told Vanguard that two other candidates, Prof. Stephen Odiowei, a former Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University of Science and Technology and Prof. Palmer Johnny, were disqualified from the race on account of age.
According to the source, lobbying for the Vice Chancellor position had taken a new twist with politicians divided along ethnic and loyalty lines between President Jonathan and the state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.
The acting Vice Chancellor, an indigene of Ogbia Local Government Area, it was learnt, is seen as the favoured candidate because of the respect and support he commands among the staff and students.