Ajimobi’s Burial: This Wicked Lie Must Stop – Makinde

 

The Oyo State Government has strongly denied insinuations that it is responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations amounted to a wicked lie.

The statement reads: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.

“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossip, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.

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“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.

“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.

“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.

“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.

“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.

“Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.

“It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.

“Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.

“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”

Ajimobi Finally Laid To Rest In Ibadan

 

Late Chief Abiola Ajimobi has finally been laid to rest at his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Senator Ajimobi was buried today in a private ceremony inside his Alaafin Avenue home at Oluyole Estate in Ibadan.

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Prayers were offered for the repose of his soul at the Ajimobi Central Mosque in Oke-Ado, before the final funeral rites were performed.

The lawmaker died of complications from COVID-19 on June the 25th, at a private hospital in Lagos.

He is survived by his wife Florence and five children.

I Am Saddened By Ajimobi’s Death – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has described the death of the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi as a great loss to his family, the people of Oyo State and the country as a whole.

The Governor 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.

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.”

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“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.

Buhari Mourns Former Oyo State Gov, Abiola Ajimobi

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled 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 commiserated 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 All Progressives Congress.

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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.

Ajimobi Was A Statesman, Makinde Mourns

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has expressed sadness at the demise of the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The governor, in a condolence message to the Ajimobi family and the good people of Oyo State, also 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.

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“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.”

Ajimobi Scores His Administration High After Valedictory Session

 

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has scored his administration high after a valedictory Executive Council meeting held with his commissioners and special advisers.

The governor during the valedictory session held at the Executive Chambers of his office urged members of his cabinet to hold their head up high for being a part of his ‘historic and impactful two-term tenure.’

“The history of Oyo State had hitherto been replete with brigandage, thuggery, violence and other things antithetical to development, but, today, we can say God has done wonderfully well with us by assisting us to successfully turn around its fortunes.

“Our eight years in the saddle have been very eventful. We came, we saw and I can boastfully say we have achieved. We came with a development principle that we called the pyramid of development, where we considered security and infrastructure as pivotal.

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“To all these, we have been very committed and we can today beat our chests and say we have restored the glory of Oyo State. We have returned the state back to the top level among the comity of modern, developed States. We met Oyo State in bricks and we are leaving it in marbles,” he said.

Ajimobi appreciated members of his cabinet for standing firm with his administration and giving their best to ensure effective delivery of good governance.

The Deputy Governor, Moses Adeyemo, thanked the governor for giving members of the cabinet the chance to be part of the team that transformed the state, adding that the knowledge garnered during the administration would be put to better use in their different endeavours.

Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, said that the cabinet held 205 Executive Council meetings, where 165 decisions were taken. This according to him resulted in the execution of 1,085 state projects.

He lauded the governor and members of the cabinet for raising the bar of governance in the state in areas of agriculture, security, and commerce.

Obasanjo, Ajimobi Inaugurate Projects At IITA

Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga; former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, during the unveiling of the institute’s circular road named after the governor, at IITA, Ibadan.. Photo: Governor’s Office 

 

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi over the weekend inaugurated some projects at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The projects include a 10.5km ring road named after the state governor and an agricultural transformation building dedicated to research and delivery of innovations to farmers across Nigeria.

Governor Ajimobi during the inauguration said the support given to IITA was in realisation of the importance of agriculture to Oyo State, and the contribution of IITA to agricultural development in the state.

“Today Oyo State is the best place to invest and promote agriculture because we have IITA located in the state,” he said.

Obasanjo, at the event, commended Governor Ajimobi for supporting IITA and called for the extension of innovations generated from research stations to farmers.

Also the goodwill ambassador of IITA, the former president said, recommendations in the Policy Framework need to be implemented by the incoming administration.

“Our problem is not policy formulation but implementation,” he said.

He added that there was a gap between research institutions and the ordinary smallholder farmers, “and we need to close that gap to bring about agricultural transformation.”

The construction of the agricultural transformation building commenced in 2017 with a foundation laying ceremony officiated by former Nigerian heads of government, General Yakubu Gowon, and Chief Obasanjo; and the African Development Bank President, Akin Adesina as part of projects initiated to mark the 50th anniversary of IITA.

The building, which was funded by the African Development Bank through a Nigerian project— Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program (ATASP)— comprises 22 offices, 8 large laboratory spaces, a conference room, and a utility facility.

The Director-General of IITA, Nteranya Sanginga, said the rejuvenation of IITA facility in Nigeria was crucial for the institute’s sustained efforts to transform agriculture on the continent.

“We are excited to see a state in Nigeria showing the example by supporting infrastructure in an international agricultural research center. This is not common, and we commend the government and people of Oyo State,” he said.

Dr Sanginga also commended the government of Nigeria and the AfDB for their support towards the construction of the building, adding that it would accelerate the pace of research and accommodate the best/critical human and material resource needed to bring transformation to the agricultural sector.

 

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Oyo Spent N46bn On Tertiary Institutions In Seven Years, Says Ajimobi

We’ve Delivered Democracy Dividends To Oyo People - Ajimobi
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, says his administration has spent about N46 billion to fund the state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years.

He stated this on Monday while inaugurating the ultramodern Oba Akinbiyi Model School at Mokola, Ibadan, the state capital.

According to him, the School Governing Board (SGB), a novel participatory model of school management system introduced by his administration in 2016, which accommodates the stakeholders in the day-to-day running of public secondary schools, had so far attracted funding to the tune of N15bn.

Ajimobi’s comments come shortly after swearing-in 11 newly-appointed permanent secretaries.

He thereafter inaugurated the newly-constructed Ijokodo-Apete Road, now named Ambassador Olu Saanu Road, as well as Challenge-Efunsetan Road named after former Governor Lam Adeshina.

Ajimobi explained that his administration’s scientific approach to his mandate informed the organization of two education summits in 2012 and 2016, which identified major gaps in the education sector.

He noted that a significant part of the gap was infrastructural decay in the school system, consequent upon which the state embarked on the provision of world-class facilities in public schools with a vision to deliver quality education across the state.

“As an administration, we have presided over the most focused, prudent and responsible management of available resources for the maximum benefit of our people for eight years.

“Underpinning every step we have taken is our desire for quality in whatever we do. Aside from the three model schools, renovation of several blocks of classrooms in over 100 secondary schools across the state was recently carried out to create a conducive learning environment,” he stated.

The governor said his administration’s desire to make tertiary education more available informed the upgrade of Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate to an autonomous college, and the College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora from a monotechnic to a polytechnic.

“We have spent close to N46billion on the funding of state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years. If you divide it by seven, it means we have spent close to N7bn every year on education.

“Contrary to some uninformed opinions, this administration has succeeded in repositioning all tertiary institutions owned by the state, setting them on the path of financial prudence for sustainable management and development,” he stated.

On the gains of the SGB policy, the governor said that over N8bn had been committed to the management of public secondary schools by the stakeholders, aside the 7billion which government had also spent on renovation of schools.

He said that the financial, manpower, logistics and intellectual contributions made by the stakeholders, including alumni associations, parent-teachers’ association and community leaders, among others was a reflection of the popularity of the policy.

The governor also said that his administration had made a huge impact on education, health, agriculture, urban renewal and other areas.

 

 

Oyo Sets Aside N200m Monthly To Assist Six State-Owned Tertiary Institutions

Ajimobi Condoles With Olubadan On Wife’s Death
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has set aside an additional Two Hundred Million Naira (N200m) special grant on monthly basis to assist the State institutions in off-setting their outstanding arrears.

The Government said that the first installment of the N200m Special Grant will take effect from March 2019 and will be paid alongside the March 2019 allocation, reiterating that the assistance covers 2016 and 2017 outstanding salaries while 2018 will be paid fully by each institution and some institutions had complied.

The State Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. Olawumi Ogunesan stated that these were part of the decisions agreed on during the meeting of the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi with the Chairmen of Governing Councils and Heads of the Six Oyo State Owned tertiary Institutions held at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.

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Mrs. Ogunesan said that the government has agreed to assist in off-setting the outstanding salaries within the period of Thirty-two (32) months, adding “the state institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, The Oke – Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora and The College of Education, Lanlate are autonomous by Law establishing them.

“The Governing Council of each institution is responsible for payment of salaries and allowances as entrenched in its laws. The government, therefore, is committed to the provision of assistance to each institution. Consequent upon submission of Reports by KPMG Advisory Services on Financial Sustainability Review of each Institution, the Chairmen of Governing Councils of the Institutions pleaded with Government to assist in defraying the backlog of salaries arrears owed by each institution up till December 2017.

“Acceding to the request, Government resolved to assist the institutions to defray the backlog of salary arrears up to December 2017 to ensure the fiscal sustainability of each institution. The government however directed that the wage bills of all the institutions are audited and the audit report presented ahead of any assistance.

“The government has verified and confirmed the total salary indebtedness to the six State-Owned Tertiary institutions totaling N6.8b representing the outstanding salary spanning January 2016 to December 2017. The government decided that due to the paucity of funds, it shall set aside an additional sum of N200m Special Grant on a monthly basis to assist the institutions in off-setting the outstanding arrears.” Mrs. Ogunesan explained.

She noted that the outstanding of N4bn for LAUTECH, Ogbomoso presented at the meeting would be treated separately, noting that another meeting would be held within the next 14 days between Oyo and Osun States to work out modalities of settling the outstanding arrears.

Oyo Elections: PDP Accuses Ajimobi Of Plot To Cause Violence

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, claimed it has uncovered plans by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state to use fake policemen to cause unrest across the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The party, in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said the motive behind the alleged plan is to create fear in the minds of voters and discourage them from coming out to vote on Saturday.

Odeyemi said apart from fake policemen, who had already been stationed in towns, especially those with the strong PDP support base, some members of National Union of Road Transport Workers had already also been armed allegedly by the governor and given the order to cause unrest across Ibadan metropolis from Friday evening.

He further explained that Governor Ajimobi resort to crude use of force to prevent impending PDP victory in the governorship poll, after he met a brick wall in other plots he attempted to break the opposition party’s rank across Oyo state.

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He, however, declared that PDP would not allow executive rascality and use of state machinery to prevent voters from exercising their inalienable right in Oyo state and urged the leadership of Police Force, Department of State Service and other security apparatus to be alive to their responsibility and prevent infiltration of their tanks by fake policemen that Ajimobi want to use to cause unrest across the state.

The statement reads: “we have uncovered the plan by the ‘Koseleri’ Governor Abiola Ajimobi to use fake policemen and armed members of NURTW to cause unrest across Oyo state beginning from Friday.

“The motive behind the plan is to ensure that the people don’t come out of the vote. The fake policemen and NURTW would cause unrest especially in Local Government considered to be PDP stronghold.

“He is hell-bent on fostering an unpopular candidate on the people of Oyo state. He was jolted by the defeat he suffered in the last election and wanted to save his face.”

Meanwhile, the ruling party in the state has dismissed the allegation by the PDP, saying that Governor Ajimobi has zero tolerance for insecurity and would not contemplate any form of action that would lead to a security breach.

In a statement, the APC said the PDP was in a mourning mood following its loss of the Presidential Election after spending so much money in its “desperation to win at all cost”.

“Just like they were warned before the Presidential Election, we are again warning them that Oyo State has no place for desperadoes as represented by PDP and I wish to let them know that their nuisance-noise making value would come to a halt by next week,” it added.

I Am Supporting, Not Moving Against Ajimobi, Says Tinubu

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is his partner, not a rival and that his intervention in Oyo APC is to engender genuine reconciliation.

Reacting to a report that he was moving to ban Governor Ajimobil from leading APC campaigns in Oyo and bringing back to the party’s fold, former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Tinubu

Tinubu said Governor Ajimobi as an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC who has brought progress to the state and in serving two consecutive terms, made history in Oyo.

According to a statement on Monday by Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman said the APC National Leader said he was only lending his support to the governor and APC’s efforts in the state.

The statement read: The report titled “Tinubu Bans Ajimobi from Appearing at APC Governorship Rallies” is another of SaharaReporters’ excursions into falsehood. The report claims that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu somehow has banned Governor Abiola Ajimobi from attending APC campaigns for Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo State.

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“This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC. However, the writer should refrain from this path of falsehood. It would be better for the writer to come to grips with reality and to accept the fact of the APC presidential victory and the likelihood of APC victories in most governorship elections, including that of Oyo.

“The mischief that SaharaReporters cites is not between Tinubu and Ajimobi. It is solely in the mind of SaharaReporters. By its unsubstantiated report, the medium seeks to set brother against brother. Asiwaju and Governor Ajimobi have been political brothers and allies for a long time. Their friendship existed long before SaharaReporters came to the scene and will endure long after this self-diminishing online site is no more.

“Moreover, Governor Ajimobi has been an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC. He has brought progress to the state and is serving two consecutive terms, Ajimobi made history in Oyo. He is instrumental to anything the APC can achieve in Oyo. The truth is that Asiwaju is not trying to supplant or hide the governor. Instead, Asiwaju is lending his support to the governor’s and APC’s efforts in the state. They are partners, not rivals.

“As such, he has held strategic meetings with some notable groups and important individuals. The heart of the discussions was the need for all to come together to achieve victory for APC in the March 9 governorship poll. At no time did the issue of banning anybody, talk less of Governor Ajimobi, enter into the discussions. We want and need Governor Ajimobi to be a visible figure at the forefront of this campaign during these final decisive days. He will prove pivotal to our hope for victory in the state.

“SaharaReporters betrayed its abject bias with this report. It makes absolutely no sense to even try to stop a sitting governor from campaigning in that governor’s state. Such a move would only create enmity and hinder, not help a campaign. For SaharaReporters to claim this is to claim that Asiwaju is a political novice. Asiwaju has never barred anyone from participating in a campaign. Why would he now start with Ajimobi in Ajimobi’s own state?

“In addition to not having such a negative inclination, Asiwaju wields no such power and has no desire to have such power. Ajimobi is a sitting governor who can travel his state as he pleases. Who can dare stop him? We want him in and at the rallies. Asiwaju’s intervention in Oyo was to engender genuine reconciliation. To exclude this good and the able governor would have aborted this mission before it started.

“Asiwaju views Governor Ajimobi as highly disciplined and a committed and respected party leader, unlike some others who have no respect for party supremacy. The relationship between them remains solid and loyal. And one hundred false reports by one hundred SaharaReporters cannot change that reality”.

Ajimobi Congratulates PDP’s Balogun On His Victory

We’ve Delivered Democracy Dividends To Oyo People - Ajimobi
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

The Oyo State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo South Senatorial District in last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Kola Balogun, on his victory.

In a statement on Monday, Governor Ajimobi said there was nothing to feel sad about because his party won two out of the three Senatorial seats and nine out of 14 federal constituency seats.

“I hereby accept the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to let go in the interest of peace. I, therefore, congratulate the declared winner, Hon. Kola Balogun and our APC Senators-elect, Abdulfatai Buhari and Teslim Folarin,” the governor said.

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While expressing appreciation to the people of the state for their peaceful conduct and large turnout during the elections, the governor said that the people of the state had shown their love for the APC by voting massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC candidates.

The governor added, “The victory has shown the unassailable leadership of the APC in Oyo State. It has also shown that our people are appreciative of the developmental strides of the APC in the state and the country at large.

“We have taken Oyo State to an unprecedented level in terms of massive infrastructural renewal. Most importantly, we have ensured peace in the state.”

On the loss of Oyo South Senatorial seat to the PDP, Governor Ajimobi said that would not deter him from his firm resolve and that of the APC to work hard for the party’s victory in the governorship election.