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.
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