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By: Adesoji Adetona
President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu have condoled the government and people of Oyo State over the passing of their former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, whose contributions to the development of the state, and nation, will always be remembered.
In a statement signed by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity Femi Adesina said the President commiserates with the family of the former governor, who served the country as a Senator and as governor.
The President prays that the Almighty God will comfort the family of the former governor, and grant him a peaceful rest.
Similarly, the Nigerian Governors Forum has condoled the people and government of Oyo state for the death former Governor Abiola Ajumobi.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi described the Late colleague as a father who was not just a colleague, but a pillar to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum whose contributions to the Forum were filled with wisdom.
Dr. Fayemi stressed that NGF would honour his legacy and pray to Allah to grant him Jinnatul Fiddausi and give his family the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Meanwhile, Governor Seyi Makinde has directed that flash should fly at half mast today in Oyo state as a mark of honour for the his predecessor, Abiola Ajimobi who died yesterday in Lagos.
The governor in a condolence message to the Ajimobi family expressed sadness over the death of their patriarch and the prayed God to grant the family the strength to bear the great loss.
In the meantime, the remains of the Former Governor will be buried today in ibadan by ten o clock in the morning.
AJIMOBI: IT’S A PAINFUL & PERSONAL LOSS —AKEREDOLU
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN receives with a deep sense of loss, the demise of Senator Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi, former Governor of Oyo State.
He is personally touched and feels the sense of a great loss for many reasons. Aside his political affinity with the late Ajimobi whom he fondly referred to as Egbon, Governor Akeredolu recalls the memorable days of their shared communallity and brotherliness in the City of Ibadan prior to their venture into politics.
The Governor said, the demise of the former Governor prods remarkably nostalgic moments. Twice, he had cause to be Ajimobi’s Lead Counsel in defence of his gubernatorial mandate; and on both occasions, they savoured victorious moments.
As a sitting governor then, the late Senator Ajimobi rendered an immeasurable support when Governor Akeredolu ran for the governorship of Ondo State in 2012. He repeated same feat in the historic 2016 second attempt that ushered in the present administration.
No doubt, his place in the sand of time remains indelible just as the vacuum left behind represents a permanent scar. He was indeed, an embodiment of courage who resonated intelligence and an unusual resilience. He will be sorely missed by all.
The Governor, while praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, thanks God for the opportunity He provided for the late former Governor as he touched lives positively in the various capacities he found himself in his political journey. He played his part, and very well too, he said.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)