The demise of former Oyo State Governor, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi sent many political figures mourning as many have begun to express their sadness in tributes. Recall that the 70-year-old public official passed away on Thursday from health complications reportedly arising from Coronavirus.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction:
The President condoled with government and people of Oyo State and commiserated with his family. Buhari believes the former governor who was an All Progressive Congress member 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 prayed that the Almighty God will comfort the family of the former governor, and grant him a peaceful rest, according to Channels TV.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s reaction:
The Governor described his death as a great loss to his family, the people of Oyo State and the country as a whole. He added that he is saddened by the loss.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Thursday, 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.
The statement reads: “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. Senator Ajimobi was more than just 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. As first elected Governor to serve two terms in Oyo State, his achievements will remain indelible in the annals of the political history of that State and Nigeria as a whole.”
While commiserating with the deceased’s family, Sanwo-Olu urged them to take heart, saying ‘‘the death of loved ones is usually one of the most painful episodes in peoples’ lives but we must realize that death is inevitable. We all will die someday. Therefore we must gather enough strength to carry on.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I commiserate with his beloved wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, the children and other family members he left behind. My heart and prayers are with you all at this period of your grief. May God comfort you.”
“May Allah grant the soul of late Isiaka Ajimobi eternal rest and preserve a place for him in Aljanah Firdaus,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s reaction:
The All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, in a condolence message noted that Ajimobi 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 State for the better. He broke a political jinx that many said could not be broken as the first governor to serve two consecutive terms in Oyo State. His legacy as a governor will be an enduring and positive one,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu said with the demise of Ajimobi, the APC has lost one of its leading lights. He described the late deputy National Chairman (South) of APC as an honest and forthright statesman who had the interest of the people at heart.
“Ajimobi’s death hurts. 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. We shared a common progressive vision for our country and how to bring prosperity, justice and hope to its people. I have lost a dedicated friend, brother and ally.
“Nigeria has lost an outstanding statesman and one of its most able politicians. The Yoruba race and Oyo State have lost a favourite son. 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 said.
Tinubu said he would always remember and hold dear the vital contributions late Ajimobi made to the establishment of APC. According to him, the history of APC would not be squarely written without Ajimobi. He noted how Ajimobi worked with great commitment and sagacity to enshrine progressive governance in the party, Oyo and Nigeria itself.
Tinubu extended his condolence to late Ajimobi’s family, especially his wife and children, adding that he was a loving husband and father. He urged all to find strength in the good way Ajimobi lived his life and in the fine and good ideals for which he fought.
The former Lagos State governor advised all to carry on with the important task ahead because that is what the late Ajimobi would expect of all.
People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) reaction:
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party in a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the death as a national tragedy and a huge loss not only to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his state but also to the entire nation.
The statement said, “Indeed, our party is still in shock and deeply saddened over the news of the death of Senator Ajimobi, especially at this time, when our nation needed his wealth of experience and statesmanship the most.
“Senator Ajimobi was an exceptionally brilliant administrator, outstanding legislator and a man of peace, who made immense contributions and sacrifices towards the unity, as well as political stability and development of our dear nation, Nigeria.”
According to the party, Senator Ajimobi was an excellent administrator and broad-minded Nigerian who put the good of the nation ahead of other considerations in his political life. The party prayed that God would grant the nation the fortitude to bear the loss and eternal repose to the departed.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi reaction:
Dr. Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described Ajimobi’s death as a personal loss to him, and a huge loss to the people of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Fayemi said: “We have lost a star. A man of honour and a statesman. But we are consoled that Governor Ajimobi lived a good life, made his mark in his chosen fields, lifted many, and left a good name and legacies of honour and industry. We shall surely miss him.
“On behalf of my wife, Bisi, the government and people of Ekiti State, we commiserate with his immediate family, the government and people of Oyo State and pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant the deceased eternal rest.”
Fayemi described Senator Ajimobi as an accomplished professional, a respected politician, and astute administrator, who reached the pinnacle of his professional and political careers by dint of hard work, courage, and brilliance.
Fayemi said Ajimobi’s memories would continue to live with him as a friend and brother as well as a dutiful family man and political leader who was ever there for his family, associates, and the people he led.
Describing Ajimobi as a “man of history,” Fayemi said the deceased etched his name in the annals of Oyo politics by being the first governor to be re-elected to office in the Pacesetter State. He described Ajimobi’s two-term tenure as a golden era which recorded execution of people-oriented policies and landmark projects.
The Governor noted that Ajimobi excelled in the private sector and reached the pinnacle of his career as Managing Director of a prominent oil company before venturing into politics, where he equally made some remarkable achievements.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde reaction:
The governor, in a condolence message to the Ajimobi family and the good people of Oyo State, directed that the state’s flag fly at half-mast on Friday.
The condolence message read: “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.
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain the family must be going through at this time because of the loss of their patriarch. It is my prayer that God grants them all the strength to bear this great loss.
“I join the good people of Oyo State as we mourn the death of a statesman. I have directed that flags fly at half-mast tomorrow in honour of our brother, friend and illustrious son of Oyo State.
“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. May his soul rest in peace.”
The Northern Governors Forum reaction:
In a condolence message in Jos, the NGF Chairman, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said that Ajomobi’s death was painful.
Lalong described the deceased as a man of integrity, who served Oyo people and Nigeria with excellence. He said Ajimobi’s leadership qualities and significant roles in the formation of the All Progressives Congress endeared him to many.
He said that the attributes led to his appointment as the party’s Deputy National Chairman, South. ”The late Ajimobi’s contributions to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria during his career made a significant impact on its growth and development,” the NGF chairman said.
Lalong condoled with Ajimobi’s wife, children and entire family, urging them to take solace in his legacies and accept his death as the will of God.
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