FORMER Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, on his victory in the just concluded Ondo governorship poll, calling on the masses to pray fervently for thesuccess of his administration. Adebayo, who was governor between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, said the victory had again confirmed the APC’s supremacy over other parties in the country. The APC chieftain said Akeredolu’s election showed the people’s quests for genuine development and better future for the people of Ondo State, urging the winner not to disappoint the populace when he comes on board. “Akeredolu is well-equipped for the job and I call on the good people of Ondo State to continue to support him. I want to advise Mr. Akeredolu to hit the ground running by ensuring that his government focuses on the people-oriented policies, programmes and projects that can turn around Ondo’s economy. “I also want to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC’s campaign team, INEC and security agencies for ensuring free, fair and peaceful poll that had helped in raising the standard of electioneering in the country”. Atiku felicitates with Akeredolu, APC Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with the governor-elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the people of Ondo State and the ruling APC for winning the gubernatorial polls, at the weekend. In a congratulatory press statement issued in Abuja by the Atiku Media Office on Monday, November 28, the Turakin Adamawa said the peaceful conduct of the election in Ondo State, devoid of violence and fratricidal rancour, as the path to chart for future elections in the country nationwide. Atiku urged Akeredolu to use the opportunity of his victory in the election to usher in good governance and development in Ondo State. The APC chieftain congratulated Nigerians, particularly the people of Ondo State for having faith in the tenets of democracy as the best form of government. According to the statement, the former Vice President welcomed Ondo State back on the track of Progressives in Nigeria, adding “together we shall work to bring prosperity and development to our fatherland.” Mimiko congratulates Akeredolu Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Monday sent congratulatory message to the state’s Governor-elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, made available in Akure, Mimiko said “it behoves on me as Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear state.” The Ondo State governor added that “it is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process.” While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state until the takeover date, Mimiko expressed appreciation to the people of the state. He added, “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period. “I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear state till the last day of my term.” He then urged residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years and promised to speak with the people as occasion demands “as my eight-year tenure inches to an end.” One dies during protest in ondo One person yesterday lost his life during a protest by some workers of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA. The protesters who were said to be members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, were demanding the sack of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola who was alleged to be involved in financial impropriety. Prof Daramola had since September appeared before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a petition which indicted him. The staff of the institution had protested on several occasions against the continuous services of the Vice Chancellor, demanding that his services should be suspended pending the conclusion of investigations by the anti-graft agency. The protesters who converged on the entrance to the Vice Chancellor’s office as early as 7.00am, prevented the Vice Chancellor and his aides from entering their offices. It was however gathered that the driver of one of the vehicles in the entourage of the Vice Chancellor hit one of the protesters while making attempt to reverse the vehicle, and he was being rushed to the hospital, but reportedly gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital. Although the identity of the deceased could not be ascertained as at press time, it was gathered that the deceased was one of the staff of the university staff secondary school recently sacked by the management of the university. The incident further spur crisis in the university campus as many individuals joined in the protest. The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo said he was not aware of the development, adding that he was out of the university campus as at the time he was called for reaction. Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state Police command, Mr Femi Joseph said the matter was a vehicular accident, adding that the Police were still investigating the matter.