The Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Moses Ogunbiyi, at the Osun State University, Osogbo, on Thursday slumped on the campus and eventually died.
Ogunbiyi was said to have collapsed at around 11 am during an election to appoint new executives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities of the university.
Some of the medical personnel present at the voting point were said to have responded promptly and given him first aid but despite the efforts to revive him, he died.
Although the cause of his death has not been made known, one of the lecturers told our correspondent that the victim was hypertensive and he might have died as a result of that.
Ogunbiyi’s death was said to have led to the suspension of academic activities at the department as his colleagues were said to have started mourning him.
The immediate past Chairman of ASUU, UNIOSUN branch, Dr. Seye Abiona, said it was unfortunate that the university lost the lecturer, who he described as a gentle and loving man.
Abiona said, “It happened yesterday (Thursday). It is unfortunate that he died at the voting point. We were trying to elect new executives of ASUU. He slumped and the medical experts amongst us promptly gave him first aid, but we lost him. The medical experts should be commended, they tried their best but we lost him.
“We started together in 2007. He was a gentleman, easygoing and he would not hurt anyone. May the Lord give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
The new ASUU Chairman, Dr. Femi Abanikanda, also confirmed the incident in an interview with our correspondent.
Abanikanda said the deceased was not contesting for any office but was only exercising his voting right when he suddenly collapsed.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Clement Adebooye, when contacted on the telephone, also confirmed the incident.
He said, “It is sad. It happened on Thursday. He slumped and died. I led the team of the university officials to his family today (Friday) to condole with them. May his soul rest in peace.”
Meanwhile, the UNIOSUN Alumni Association has condoled with the family of the deceased over the sudden death.
The alumni association in a statement issued by its National Publicity Director, Mr. Niyi Raheem, said the death of the pioneer lecturer of the university was an irreparable loss to his family and the university.
I’m going to Abuja now for……., Atiku reacts to election postponement
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed shock that the presidential election was postponed by...
Buhari reacts to INEC’s election postponement
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent...
I’m dissapointed in INEC— Balarabe Musa
Former Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has expressed disappointment over the postponement of the general elections, but declared that...
ELECTIONS POSTPONEMENT…… Situation report from Ilorin
There is absolute calmness in Ilorin the Kwara State capital as residents woke to the news of the postponement of...
PDP condemns 2019 postponement, urges INEC boss to resign
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that the ‘shoddy’ arrangements for...
ELECTION POSTPONEMENT…..APC presidential campaign committee reacts
PRESS STATEMENT BY APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL ON POSTPONEMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL/NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND GUBERNATORIAL/HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: WE CONDEMN...
POSTPONEMENT….. INEC annouces new dates for 2019 general polls
The 2019 general elections have been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commissions, (INEC). Below is the full statement read...
BREAKING…. Gunmen kill 66 persons in Kaduna
We’re prepared for Saturday polls– Kwara INEC
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Attahiru-Madami has disclosed that the commission recorded 82 percent success in the...
Kogi Senator escapes auto crash along Abuja-Lokoja road
The Senator representing Kogi State Central, Mr Ahmed Ogembe, on Friday survived an auto crash along the Abuja-Lokoja road on his...