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: Buhari Will Give Us Guidance On Zoning, Says Gov Abiodun
Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.
The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.
He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.
Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.
He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.
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Again, Tinubu Returns To London Weeks After Declaring Presidential Ambition
Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reportedly departed Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom (UK).
Details about the trip are still sketchy but Arise TV reports that Tinubu returned to the British capital to rest and run medical checkups after months of consultations with prominent Nigerians about his presidential bid.
Recall that Tinubu returned to the country from London on October 9, 2021 after about three months of medical vacation.
During his previous visit, Tinubu was said to have undergone a knee surgery which his media office said went successful “without complication” and that he “contemplates none in the future.”
Tinubu formally confirmed that he would be running for president On January 10, 2022, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult.
“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that”, he had said.
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Sanwo-Olu Nurses Second Term Ambition As Gov
…Reveals Plans For Lagosians
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the people of the state are aware of what they will miss if his administration is denied a second term.
Although he did not expressly state if he will seek re-election in 2023, the governor believes it is left for the people to decide if his administration deserves another term or not.
“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor rated his administration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.”
He added, “As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our time – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.
“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.
Following the purchase of two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its red line rail project, he revealed that the coaches would be on track by the fourth quarter of the year.
According to the governor, the terminal stations will be ready by the set target but transporting passengers may commence next year.
He attributed the possible delay to proper testing of the trains and training of workers, to ensure the safety of passengers.
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