…We are usually not liable for delay – Oyo govt
The burial of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State slated for as we speak in Ibadan is enmeshed in controversy because the state authorities, final night time, dismissed what it described as insinuations that it was liable for the delay within the interment.
The former governor had handed on Thursday from issues arising from Covid-19 an infection.
A press release by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations that the state authorities was liable for the burial delay amounted to a depraved lie.
The assertion learn: “In view of the extreme enquiries from information media organisations relating to the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government needs to position on file that there isn’t any fact within the hearsay making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state authorities.
“The hearsay, which is being intentionally unfold to provide the state authorities a foul title and to play undue politics with the lifeless, initially got here by the way in which of social media gossip, which gained traction to draw the eye of conventional media outfits.
“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.
“Let or not it’s said clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has performed no position in any respect in inflicting any delay in any way relating to the burial of his rapid predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
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“The fact of the matter is that the household, by a proxy, approached the state authorities and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is presently underneath litigation.
“Incidentally, it was the identical former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the authorized motion.
“Governor Seyi Makinde had no alternative than to state the information as they’re to the emissaries and switch down the request.
“Governor Makinde, nonetheless, in opposition to the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the household can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.
“It is to be famous that the principles guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of our bodies in such areas as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.
“Let us additionally placed on file that whereas the household didn’t comply with the laid down protocols in passing data on the illness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde missed all that and directed the total cooperation of the federal government with the household on this matter.
“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”