Oyo govt played politics with my husband’s death — Ajimobi’s wife

Oyo govt played politics with my husband’s death — Ajimobi’s wife
Abiola Ajimobi

…Oyo govt refutes allegation

…As late ex-gov is buried amid tight safety

By Ola Ajayi & Deola Badru

WIFE of the previous Governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, yesterday, accused the Oyo State authorities of enjoying politics together with her husband’s loss of life.

She additionally accused Governor Seyi Makinde of not calling her or paying a condolence go to to her for the reason that loss of life of her husband final Thursday.

She mentioned this on a day her husband’s stays had been laid to relaxation amid tight safety at his Oluyole residence at 10: 05 am on yesterday.

Earlier, there was a heated controversy over the place the previous governor ought to be buried.

Vanguard gathered that the Oyo State Government was reportedly reluctant in permitting the Ajimobi household to bury the physique at Agodi GRA because of a pending court docket case.

Ajimobi’s widow flays Oyo govt

The widow of the previous governor suggested the governor to keep away from enjoying politics with the loss of life of her husband.

Ajimobi mentioned: “I learn within the newspapers a number of days in the past that the governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, claimed to name me and I didn’t choose up, he by no means visited Ajimobi’s household since my husband was admitted within the hospital, neither has he despatched anybody nor despatched us a message.

“I don’t have his contact and I’ve by no means spoken to him. Even if he referred to as me and I didn’t choose up due to my mourning state, he may have despatched me a message.

“Ajimobi’s household shouldn’t be competing with him in any means, we’re all working for the expansion, growth and progress of Oyo State, though our celebration is likely to be totally different, we’re working for a similar objective.

“Do I have to ship an official message to the governor to tell him concerning the loss of life of my husband earlier than he may ship us a condolence message or pay us a condolence go to? It shouldn’t be nice to hearings. What type of politics are we enjoying?

“As a former public chief servant, who had assiduously served this state, he deserved some honours and not a show of shame when he had gone to rest. He never planned to go this soon; he could be anybody as no one knows the next moment.”

Ajimobi buried amid tight safety

Earlier, the stays of the previous governor had been interred, yesterday, amid tight safety.

The household had knowledgeable most of the people that the stays of the previous governor can be taken to his Oke-Ado mosque and his Oja-Oba household home.

But the story was totally different when Vanguard noticed that some Islamic clerics, who carried out the burial in Islamic ceremony, moved out of his home after the burial. Few journalists had been allowed close to the graveside of the previous governor as a part of the COVID-19 protocols.

At midday, prayers had been later provided on the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan

Clerics on the burial included Alhaji Kunle Saani, Sheik Muideen Bello, Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Shik Abubakri Abdleganiyu Agbotomokekere, amongst others.

Fayemi, Ganduje, Bagudu, Abubakar pay tribute

Meanwhile, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, paid a condolence go to to the household of the previous governor.

Speaking on behalf of the governors, Fayemi, sympathised and prayed with the household to Almighty God for the repose of the deceased soul.

Other governors, who visited embrace Umar Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).

Burial nonetheless according to Islamic injunction

Some Islamic clerics have mentioned burying Ajimobi 4 days after was nonetheless according to Islamic injunction.

Speaking with Vanguard on the delay within the burial, an aide to the Chief Imam of Ibadan, AbdulFatai Alaga, mentioned if there was a difficulty that delayed the burial, it could possibly be placed on maintain however should not exceed the third day.

Another Islamic cleric, AbdulFatai Mohammed and Waheed Adebayo, famous that: “If the person died in the morning, he could be buried at 2 pm or 4 pm on that same day. But, if that person died at night or morning, he can be buried between 2 and 4 pm.”

Oyo govt denies allegations

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government had denied insinuations that it was chargeable for the delay in burying the instant previous governor.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations amounted to a depraved lie.

The assertion learn: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.”

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“The hearsay, which is being intentionally unfold to provide the state authorities a nasty title  and to play undue politics with the lifeless, initially got here by the best way 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 it’s acknowledged clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has performed no function in any respect in inflicting any delay in anyway concerning the burial of his instant predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.

“The reality of the matter is that the household, by way of a proxy, approached the state authorities and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is at present below litigation.

“Incidentally, it was the identical former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the authorized motion.

“Governor Seyi Makinde had no selection than to state the details as they’re to the emissaries and switch down the request.

“Governor Makinde, nonetheless,  towards 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 foundations 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 report 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 ignored 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.”


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