Former Oyo Senator Abiola Ajimobi died of COVID-19 complications on Thursday. The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is dead.
Ajimobi, who had been on a life support machine at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, died on Thursday.
Below are facts you should know about Abiola Ajimobi
- Abiola Ajimobi was born on December 16, 1949, at Oja-Iba, Ibadan.
His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also a member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region and his uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was Minister of Works and Transport in the Western Region.
He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan and completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. He was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the games prefect during his secondary school days.
Ajimobi studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York, United States of America, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He had his MBA in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.
Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi in 1980 and they have five children. His first daughter Abisola Kola-Daisi is an entrepreneur and founder of Florence H Luxury.
In 2003, Ajimobi became a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria. He was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority leader of the Senate. In 2007, He contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.
He contested for a second term on April 11, 2015, under the All Progressive Congress for re-election against two of his predecessors in office, Christopher Alao Akala and Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja. In the event of his re-election into office as the Governor, Ajimobi is the first person to occupy the seat twice and as well in succession.
Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018.
On March 9, 2019, Ajimobi lost the Oyo South senatorial district seat to People’s Democratic Party Kola Balogun.
On June 17, The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Ajimobi as the acting national chairman of the party.
On June 18, Ajimobi was rumoured to have died but it turned out to be false.
Prominent Nigerians Send In Condolences
President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, condoled with the government and people of Oyo State over the passing of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
In his condolences, the president said Ajimobi’s contributions to the development of Oyo State and the nation would always be remembered.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari commiserated with the family of the former governor, whom he said served the country as a senator in 2003, before becoming governor in 2011.
The president said Ajimobi remained steadfast and consistent in his progressive views, and worked assiduously for the creation of the APC.
The statement added: “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 counsels to heal, and grow, noting that his absence will be sorely felt by all associates, particularly in the APC.”
Governor Dapo Abiodun said: “Senator Ajimobi was a phenomenal public servant and business entrepreneur. He broke the second-term jinx in the governance of his state and had served at the Senate as a principal officer, and deputy minority whip creditably before attaining that height. He impacted on both law-making and executive arms in a manner that history cannot forget.”
Fayemi, in a statement issued in his capacity as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the late Ajimobi was not just their colleague as governors, but was also a pillar of support to the NGF whose contributions to the forum’s debates were filled with wisdom besides their depth.
Another statement by the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Simon Lalong described Ajimobi as a man of integrity who served the people of Oyo State and Nigeria with excellence.
Sanwo-Olu also described the death of Ajimobi as a great loss to his family, the people of the Oyo State and the country as a whole.
The governor added that he is saddened by the loss.
Tinubu said with Ajimobi’s departure, Nigeria had lost an outstanding statesman and one of its most able politicians.
“Our party, the All Progressives Congress, has lost one of its leading lights. The Yoruba race and Oyo State have lost a favourite son. I have lost a dedicated friend, brother and ally,”
the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) described Ajimobi’s death as a national tragedy and a huge loss not only to the APC and his state, Oyo but also to the entire nation.