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Video/Photos: Mourners storm Ajimobi’s residence as VIPs send condolences

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Mourners – mostly women – besieged the Oluyole residence of the former APC Deputy National Chairman (South), who died after a lung surgery at a privately-run highbrow hospital in Lagos. He was 70.

They wept uncontrollably.

The mourners said they besieged the Ibadan home to clarify the news on Ajimobi’s demise.

Ajimobi’s death was first rumoured eight days ago but dismissed in a tweet by his daughter-in-law, Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, and in a statement by his media aide, Bolaji Tunji.

A source close to the former governor said Ajimobi, who was the first Oyo governor to win a second term in office, took the final bow at about 4pm.

Among the early callers were former Lands and Housing Commissioner Isaac Omodewu; Ibadan Southwest Local Government Chairman Bolaji Adeleke and members of the APC women wing in the Pacesetter state.

President Buhari recalled the contributions of the former governor to both his state and the nation and condoled with the people and government of Oyo State.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President, who also commiserated with the family of the deceased, noted that his death would be felt by all, especially by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The statement reads:

“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with government and people of Oyo State over the passing of a former governor, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, whose contributions to the development of the state, and nation, will always be remembered.

“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 APC.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) commiserated with the family of the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday.

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NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, in a condolence message he issued on behalf of his group, said members had hoped Ajimobi would recover from the lung surgery he recently had.

Fayemi said:

“It is important to note here that I have personally followed developments since news of his lung surgery broke and when he showed signs of recovery, I was happy.

“However, our hopes sank a bit once it was said that he had slipped into a coma, but we prayed and continued to hope that he got out of coma and recovered.”

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola also commiserated with the family of the former governor.

Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, described the former Oyo governor’s death as unfortunate, painful and a great loss.

Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare expressed shock, saying “the passing of my elder brother, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, is both untimely and tragic.”

According to him, the late Ajimobi served the people of Oyo State for so long.

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Dare said:

“We wanted him to use his experience to guide us through trying times. Sadly, dusk came too early and we must bid goodnight. Sun re, Aare of Ibadan!

“My prayers and thoughts are with the family, and the good people of Oyo State. His death is saddening, but we must submit to the will of God who gives life and takes it when he wills. May his soul rest in peace.”The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described former governor’s death as a national tragedy.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said his death was a huge loss not only to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Oyo state, but also to the entire nation.

Former Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode expressed sadness over the death of ex-governor.

Ambode, in a statement 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.

The Lagos APC also commiserated with the family and the leadership and members of the party.

Its publicity secretary, Seye Oladejo, said”

“There’s no doubt that he died at a time his experience as an astute administrator and leader is needed most in the party in particular and the nation as a whole.”

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello described the death of the immediate past governor as painful.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, sympathised with the family of the former governor as well as the government and good people of Oyo State.

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“You have no doubt left indelible landmarks and footprints while you served the people of your state as governor for two consecutive terms in addition to representing them at the Senate, amongst others,” the governor said.

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi said it was a painful death and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest and to bring solace to the entire world.

Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who an in-law to the deceased, described Ajimobi’s death of as not only shocking but devastating to “Us and our dear nation.”

“His death came calling when we needed him the most. He was undoubtedly a detribalised leader and a pillar of national development. This death would continue knocking hard on us for a very long time,” the Kano helmsman lamented.

He urged members of his family to strive hard and follow the late Ajimobi’s footsteps of unrelenting commitment for nation-building and patriotic leadership.

Ganduje said:

“It is on this note that I, on behalf of my family, the government of Kano state and the good people of Kano state, I am sending our condolences to the family of our late respected and respectful in-law, the government and people of Oyo state, over this unbearable demise of the former governor of Oyo state, Mr Abiola Ajimobi.”

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ONDO: Deputy Governor gives Akeredolu 21 days to hand over

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Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, has said that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has 21 days to hand over power to him or the constitution would be invoked.

Governor Akeredolu, who is currently receiving treatment for COVID-19, had on Friday vowed that he would not hand over to his Deputy in acting capacity.

Speaking through his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu said his Deputy was the greatest threat to his administration and has since left the ruling All Progressives Congress.

But the Deputy Governor said it was ignorance to proclaim that Governor Akeredolu would not hand over running of government to him because of political differences.

He stated that the venoms and vituperations from Ojogo in the desire and to desecrate his constitutionally established showed the excruciating pains and whammies his exit has caused the ruling party.

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The Deputy Governor who spoke through his Media Adviser, Comrade Allen Sowore, said Section 190(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) was apposite in this circumstances even as he continues to pray for Akeredolu’s quickest recovery.

He said the Governor was at liberty to handover or not within 21 days after which the constitution becomes operational.

According to him:

“Refusal and failure of Mr Governor to handover the running of government to his deputy while in self isolation and temporarily incapacitated underscore his absolute disregard for the rule of law; a spite on the people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold.

“Not only that, his deliberate obstacles to ensure that government continues to run while he’s in self isolation as a result of the fact that he has been tested positive for the COVID-19 puts lips service to his hypocratic war against the ravaging pandemic.

“Our candid advice is that the energy decipates to pull down the office and person of the deputy governor should be channelled towards resolving the lingering crisis in the health sector particularly, the current strike embarked on by medical practitioners in the state, in the middle of this pandemic. Nobody will take us seriously when doctors are on strike and yet we pretend to be fighting a pandemic. It will only indicates that we’re taking the health of the people for granted.

“The Deputy Governor has a track record of performance in the various offices he has held – first as supervisory Councillor, LG Chairman, Member of the National Assembly – where he served as the chairman of the House Committee on NDDC and even now as the Deputy Governor.

“Nothing serves as threat to good governance than the current nepotism and lackadaisical attitude towards the prioritisation of people’s welfare.

“It’s imperative to inform the general public that, Mr Governor and members of his kitchen cabinet have deliberately barred the Deputy Governor from all government activities as all the daily itinerary and work schedules released from Chief Of Protocols, have not allocated any function or duty to the person or office of the Deputy Governor in recent time.

“The Deputy Governor empathises with the good people of Ondo State, at this critical period of our statehood that Mr Governor has decided to personalise administration and governance of our dear state.”

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Akeredolu appoints new health commissioner

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Following the death of Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Wahab Adegbenro, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has appointed his Special Adviser on Health, Jibayo Adeyeye, as the state’s Acting Health Commissioner.

The governor also appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Adesegun Fatusi, as the new chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.

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Both positions were occupied by the late Adegbenro.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

The late Adegbenro died on Thursday of coronavirus complications and was buried on Friday according to Islamic rites.

The statement read in part, “Following the unfortunate demise of the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has appointed Professor Adesegun Fatusi new Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.

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Dave Umahi, aides test positive for COVID-19

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Governor Dave Uamahi of Ebonyi State has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. The Governor confirmed this in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, July 4.

According to the governor, he and some of his aides had the test carried out on them and the result came back positive. He said presently they are not showing any symptoms but have since gone into isolation in line with protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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He has asked the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, to take over the frontline coordination of the state’s fight against the pandemic to protect Ebonyi people.

He appealed to residents of the state to take the NCDC protocols more seriously while stating that he’s working from home and will conduct all meetings virtually.

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Ebonyi state currently has 438 confirmed cases of the viral disease. 357 persons have been successfully treated while three have died.

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