President Buhari,PdP, govs, Tinubu, others mourn as Ajimobi dies at 70
FORMER governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi died, yesterday, at the age of 70. Before the latest information filtered in, his alleged death was rumoured about one and half weeks ago which was later dispelled by his media aide, Mr. Bolaji Tunji and one of his children.
Ajimobi, who was born on December 16, 1949, was reported to have been on a life support machine since last Friday at the First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.
One of his security men, who served him for eight years, said the death of the APC chieftain was “real this time.”
An impeccable source confided in Vanguard that the news of his death was kept away from the public because of the new appointment by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC as acting National Chairman of the party.
The source said: “It is true this time around. It was hidden before because of the political development within the party.”
The source further disclosed that the former governor had lung surgery.
It was further gathered that the medical experts treating him tried all they could to revive him but no success.
Wailers besiege ex-gov’s Ibadan residence
But as news of his death spread, sympathisers and APC members thronged Ajimobi’s Oluyole residence.
Though no one was willing to speak about his death, the environment depicted that something unpleasant had happened.
Sympathizers stood in clusters discussing their experiences with him.
All of them wore forlorn looks with some of the women weeping.
As of the time of filing this report, no family member was willing to speak with newsmen who besieged the Oluyole residence.
Most of the sympathizers did not use face masks neither did they observe any social distancing as required by COVID-19 protocols.
All the gates of the two palatial buildings were locked but there were movements of people inside the compound.
His contributions will always be remembered—Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, who mourned the late Ajimobi, said his contributions to the development of the state and nation, will always be remembered.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina said: “The President commiserates with the family of the former governor, who served the country as a Senator, 2003, before winning the governorship election in 2011, remaining steadfast and consistent in his progressive views, and working assiduously for the creation of the All Progressives Congress.
“As the party chieftain bows out, President Buhari believes he left the world at a crucial moment when the party and the country needed his counsels to heal and grow, noting that his absence will be sorely felt by all associates, particularly in the APC.”
We’ve lost a star, says Fayemi
In his condolence message, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State described Ajimobi’s death as a personal loss to him and a huge loss to the people of Oyo State.