Senator Abiola Ajimobi, a former Governor of Oyo State, died on Thursday, 26 June, 2020, at age 70.
Ajimobi died at the First Cardiology Hospital, Lagos, after battling with COVID-19 for several weeks.
President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with his family and the people of Oyo State on Thursday after Ajimobi’s death.
Femi Adesina, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, 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 counsel to heal and grow, noting that his absence will be sorely felt by all associates, particularly in the APC.”
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), also described Ajimobi as the best most productive governor Oyo had, saying that Nigeria had lost an outstanding statesman.
“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,” Tinubu added.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State also instructed that the flags fly at half-mast on Friday to honour the death of his predecessor.
“Surely, he will be remembered for leaving a blueprint for some of the activities that our administration is now undertaking.
“The Oyo State Government will be extending to his family, all the courtesies deserving of his personage,” he wrote.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State also expressed sadness over the death for Ajimobi. He noted that his death had opened a deep sore in the hearts of Nigerians.
“Senator Ajimobi was more than a politician; he was a man of many parts, whose managerial skills and experience are required at this critical period in our national life.”
“Senator Ajimobi was a distinguished Nigerian, who bestrode the economic and political space of the country like a colossus. He made his mark in the corporate world before venturing into politics.”
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