Ex-Oyo Governor, Ajimobi dies of coronavirus

By AdvocateNews on 26/06/2020

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Late Abiola Ajimobi
Late Abiola Ajimobi

The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has died at age 70 after battling coronavirus-related symptoms for a month.

Ajimobi, who was governor from 2011 to 2019, was named the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress last month but never resumed.

The former governor was hospitalised at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos on June 2, 2020.

He was said to have tested negative for COVID-19 but the illness had caused his health to deteriorate.

Ajimobi’s wife, Florence, had earlier been hospitalised with her husband. She was, however, discharged.

He was said to have been confirmed positive earlier and was managing the situation at home before the illness worsened and he had to go to a hospital.

Like other VIPs, he was said to have opted for private treatment rather than a public facility after his condition worsened.

A source close to the family said the former governor had diabetes and other ailments.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has offered condolences to the government and people of Oyo State.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President noted that Ajimobi’s contributions to the development of the state and the nation would be remembered.

The statement read, “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 counsel to heal and grow, noting that his absence will be sorely felt by all associates, particularly in the APC.”

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, described the deceased as the best and most productive governor Oyo State had.

Tinubu said with the departure of Ajimobi, Nigeria had lost an outstanding statesman and one of its most able politicians.

“The pain we feel at his passing is beyond what words can describe. This good and excellent man has left us, but his energy, activism and commitment to Nigeria and its people shall always be with us.

“Ajimobi was my friend and brother. He was honest and forthright. He had the interest of the people at heart. We shared a common progressive vision for our country and how to bring prosperity, justice and hope to its people. I had hoped that we could achieve more together but the ultimate wisdom and all our fates rest in the hands of Almighty Allah who knows best,” he added.

The APC leader described Ajimobi as a loving husband and a father.

Posted 26/06/2020 06:16:04 AM

 

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