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Family confirms Oyo ex-Governor, Ajimobi, death

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

The Ajimobi family has confirmed the death of Oyo State former Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and that he passed on at age 70 after a brief illness.

According to the family, the immediate past governor must have died over a week ago and that news of his death was kept away from them.
The confirmation of the former governor’s death came a week after The Guild reported that he died after a brief illness at a Lagos specialist hospital.
A member of the family, who spoke on anonymity to our correspondent, said that the earlier report on the former Vice Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) death was true and that for reasons known to his aide and wife, they decided to place him on a life support machine.
He said that Ajimobi, the first governor to serve two term in Oyo state, was removed from life support machine on Thursday afternoon when it became obvious that he was not going to survive the ailment that struck him last month.
Although, the source could not confirm if the ex-governor died of coronavirus or not but confirmed to The Guild that the aide decision to shield his death has led to a face-off between members of the family especially the brothers to the deceased, Oyo former first lady, Florence Ajimobi, his media aide, Bolaji Tunji, and Special Adviser to Speaker of the House of Representatives on Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Civil Societies, Fatimah Ganduje-Ajimobi, a daughter in-law to former lawmaker.
Another source said that the family members complain was that the aide and others knew the true state of their brother’s health but went to the media with false information on the deceased, leaving them out of the arrangement.
The family was also said to have complained that the deceased, a devoted Muslim, should not have been made to pass through all it was subjected to.

 

 

 

The former governor was born 16 December 1949 and years later started working and rose to become the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria, the post he left in 2002 after 26 years and went into politics.

A year later, 2003, he was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost. He re-contested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote

 

 

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