Peterside called on Akeredolu to be humble in his victory and see his emergence as the wish of the people.
In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, Peterside maintained that the APC would have won the state in any free, fair and credible election devoid of violence and intimidation.
He called on the governor-elect to be humble in his victory and see his emergence as the wish of the people of the state to chart a new course in the realisation of their hopes and aspirations.
“The people of Ondo State have spoken in loud and clear voice. They have chosen the candidate of their choice in a free and fair manner.
“I have always said that APC will win any free and fair contest. I congratulate the people of Ondo State and Chief Rotimi Akeredolu for this victory.
“I call on Chief Akeredolu to see his victory as that of the entire Ondo State people.
“The fact that he won across the three senatorial zones means he was popularly elected.
“They have put their confidence in him and the onus is now on him to assuage their feelings and begin to set the template for fulfilling their hopes and aspirations,” Peterside said.
He urged the people of Rivers to follow the Ondo State example in the forthcoming Dec. 10 rerun election in the state and reintegrate into the mainstream politics to get maximum benefit from development programme at the centre.