By Augustine Akhilomen
Condolence messages have begun pouring in for the late Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who died on Thursday after testing positive to Covid-19.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina condoled with the government and people of Oyo State, saying that Ajimobi’s contributions to the development of the state, and nation, will always be remembered.
The President said the former governor, who served the country as a Senator, 2003, before winning the governorship election in 2011, remained steadfast and consistent in his progressive views, and working assiduously for the creation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“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.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will comfort the family of the former governor, and grant him a peaceful rest,” the President said.
I Lost A Dedicated Brother and Ally- Tinubu
In his tribute to Ajimobi, National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu described the deceased as one of the leading lights of the party.7
He described his death as a sore loss to the Yoruba race and Oyo State adding that he had lost a dedicated friend, brother and ally.
“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.
“He was reputed to be the best and most productive governor Oyo State has had. In this assessment, I concur as do so many others. The numerous infrastructural and public works projects he initiated literally changed the face of Oyo for the better.
“His legacy as a governor will be an enduring and positive one. The first governor to serve two consecutive terms in Oyo, he broke a political jinx that many said could not be broken,” Tinubu said.
He Was a Political Stabilizer- Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu described Ajimobi’s death as a great loss to his family, the people of the Oyo State and the country as a whole.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Ajimobi’s shocking demise, after all efforts by medical professionals to stabilize him, when he took ill, has opened a deep sore in the hearts of millions of Nigerians, who looked up to him as a rallying point and a political stabilizer.
He said: “the passage of Senator Ajimobi hurt me. My heart was filled with grief when I was informed that I had lost another political icon our battle against the coronavirus.”
Flags Fly At Half Mast In Oyo State Friday- Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde also mourned his predecessor-in-office, saying he could not begin to imagine the pain the family must be going through at this time because of the loss of their patriarch.
In a condolence message to the Ajimobi family and the people of Oyo, Makinde directed that the state’s flag fly at half mast on Friday.
“I was so sorry to hear the news of the passing away of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, which sad event took place earlier today,” he said.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa took to twitter handle to commiserate with the Ajimobi family on the sad loss.
“I just received the sad news of the passing of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past Governor of Oyo State. At this difficult time, my prayers are with Florence, his wife; his entire family; and the people of Oyo State,” Okowa said.
Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, who fortunately survived Covid-19 tweeted, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. I received with shock the death of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi—the immediate past governor of Oyo State. May Allah SWT ease the burden of the loss on the family and grant him the highest place in Jannah.”
A Personal Loss To Me- Ambode
Former Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode also expressed sadness over the death of Ajimobi.
Ambode, in a statement signed by his media aide, Habib Aruna, described Ajimobi’s demise as a personal loss, saying that the former governor meant more than a brother and a colleague to him.
“I received the news of Ajimobi’s demise with a heavy heart. This is a great loss to me. I can easily recall so many fond memories we shared when we were Governors of our respective States. We were very close during the period and I saw him as an elder brother always.
“He was always full of wisdom, very witty, always willing to provide his honest opinion on issues. His political sagacity was one I admired from afar and I am glad to have shared many memorable moments with him,” he said.
Ambode said Ajimobi’s eight years as Governor was remarkable, saying that his strides across the length and breadth of Oyo State will never be forgotten in a hurry.
“Ajimobi was very passionate about his state, the Yoruba agenda and the Nigerian project. He was a progressive party man to the core and Oyo citizens will testify to the fact that he left the State better than he met it,” he said.
He Stood For The Welfare Of His People – Lagos APC
Lagos State Chapter of the APC in a statement by its Spokesman, Seye Oladejo also commiserated with the entire leadership and members of the party, particularly the Oyo state chapter on the loss of the party chieftain.
The statement read, “Sen. Ajimobi left in indelible marks in the private sector as a Chief Executive and served his people meritoriously as a senator and two-term governor.
“Senator Ajimobi was well known for his eloquence, passion about the welfare of his people and a principled position to democratic ideals.
Likewise, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also mourned the late governor.
“PDP Saddened, Mourns Ajimobi…Says His Death is An Irreparable National Loss. The NWC of the @OfficialPDPNig behalf of the NEC & the PDP family, mourns the death of former Governor of Oyo state & immediate past acting National Chairman of the @OfficialAPCNg Sen Abiola Ajimobi,” the party tweeted via its official handle.
Former Senator, Ben Bruce wrote, “The death for former governor Abiola Ajimobi saddens me. A good friend and leader. He will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace.”
Former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani simply wrote, “Ex Governor Ajimobi;Inna lillahi wainna illayhir rajiun. May Allah forgive his soul and grant him Aljanna Firdausi. Ameen.”
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2023: You Need Wike For Your Rescue Mission, Mimiko Tells PDP
…Says Rivers Gov Has Been The Party’s Solid Rock
Olusegun Mimiko says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike for its rescue mission in the next general elections.
The former Ondo State governor spoke on Wednesday at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe -Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Your Excellency, our Party, the PDP, a Party for which you have laboured so much, seems saddled with the historical duty of forging this unity, a unity premised on truth, equity, and justice, a unity upon which rescuing Nigeria from the far from satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built,” he said during the event.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role. A mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country.”
He explained that when some forces tried to destroy the PDP, Wike was a bulwark that resisted such attempts.
“Beyond the self-evident physical transformation, you (Wike) have stood as a bulwark against those sworn to emasculate the main opposition party, all in their bid to force a one-party State down the throats of Nigerians,” Mimiko added.
“You were at one point virtually a one-man countervailing force, defending and protecting our dear PDP. You have also, through bold legal challenges, deepened the national consciousness on the defects in the running of our defective federal system.”
Mimiko’s comment came amid speculations that the Rivers Governor may dump the PDP following a fallout with the party after its presidential primary.
Wike lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the exercise, a development that has since caused a rift between him and Adama-born politician.
The PDP is making reconciliatory moves but Wike’s recent invitation of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos (a state governed by the leading All Progressives Congress, APC) to commission a project has generated further speculations that he may leave the PDP.
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I Never Demanded N50bn Monthly From Ambode, Tinubu Reacts As He Warns Peter Obi’s Supporters Against Promoting Fake News
…Says Lies, Misinformation Won’t Take Ex-Anambra Gov Anywhere
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has debunked reports circulating in the social media alleging that he demanded N50 billion monthly from the former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode during his administration.
Recall that Ambode who emerged governor of the state in 2025, had only four years in office as his attempt to secure a second tenure failed after he lost the APC primary election in 2018.
A report recently emerged online alleging that part of his inability to secure the APC governorship ticket in 2018 was his refusal to remit the said amount to Asiawaju.
Debunking the report, a statement by the Director, Media and Communications for Tinubu Campaign Organisation(TCO), Bayo Onanuga said Tinubu could not have made such a demand.
“A content analysis of the site clearly showed that it is a Biafra news platform. The fake news was reposted on Facebook by the Peter Obi Support Group, the same day – clear proof that Biafra campaigners and Peter Obi supporters are the same.
“Both the Facebook account and the website are replete with fake stories about Bola Tinubu, including a fake story credited to former governor Akinwunmi Ambode, alleging that Tinubu demanded N50 billion monthly payment from him.
“The spuriousness of the statement is in the evidence that Lagos did not begin to clock N50 billion revenue until after Ambode left office. Tinubu could not have demanded N50 billion monthly payment from Ambode when the state government didn’t make such in a month throughout the tenure of Ambode.
“There is also the most wicked of all headlines: ‘When I become president, I will build more prison (sic) for Igbo’s and IPOB members – Tinubu’.
“The big surprise in all of these is that all the headlines have no supporting stories, and clicking them may bring a virus to your computer.
“We have come to a point where it becomes imperative to tell Mr Obi to show leadership and disavow his supporters who are employing fake news and disinformation as deliberate tools to deceive and poison the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians,” Onanuga reiterated.
The statement revealed that the site where some of the fake news emanated from has been identified as World of News with URL as world news.
According to Onanuga, “A content analysis of the site clearly showed that it is a Biafra news platform”.
He also stated that Nigeria will be better for it and the electoral process enriched if the 2023 presidential campaign sticks to issues of good governance that will lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty rather than being dominated by the ravings of guttersnipes, who do not wish the country well.
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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Pope Has Not Told Me I Am Wrong – Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state on Wednesday criticised Christians who oppose his acceptance to serve as the Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, stating that as a Catholic with the highest Papal award, the Pope has not told him what he is doing is wrong.
Since the emergence of Bola Tinubu as the APC presidential candidate, the ex-Lagos governor picked former Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
The development has since generated controversy, especially among the Christian folks including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who have since rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Despite defending his choice of Shettima as his running mate, critics have remained adamant considering the religious beliefs of Nigerians.
But Governor Lalong backed the idea of the Muslim-Muslim ticket after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
In a question and answer session, Lalong noted that as an awardee of Knight of Saint Gregory, he remains a staunch Catholic despite his new responsibility to market a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
Governor Lalong maintained that he has enormous respect for his faith as a Christian, noting that he was elected governor for people of all faiths and non-believers as well.
The Plateau leader said he is therefore not sure where those who claimed to be Christians and stand in opposition to his appointment are from.
He reminded that when upon his return to Jos after his recent appointment as the DG, the APC Presidential Campaign organization, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), welcomed him.
Governor Lalong also disclosed that he met with the President to thank him for the presidential pardon granted to former Governor of the State, Joshua Dariye and his Taraba State counterpart, Jolly Nyame who were recently released from incarceration, as well as the approval of several projects cited in Plateau State.
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