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Ex-Governer's Wife Warns: Don't Play Politics With My Husbands Death

The wife of late Ex-Governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, yesterday, accused the Oyo State government of playing politics with her husband’s death.

She also accused Governor Seyi Makinde of not calling her or paying a condolence visit to her since the death of her husband last Thursday.

She said this on a day her husband’s remains were laid to rest amid tight security at his Oluyole residence at 10:05 am on yesterday.

Earlier, there was a heated controversy over where the former governor should be buried.

Newsmen gathered that the Oyo State Government was reportedly reluctant in allowing the Ajimobi family to bury the body at Agodi GRA due to a pending court case.

The widow of the former governor advised the governor to avoid playing politics with the death of her husband.

Ajimobi said: “I read in the newspapers a few days ago that the governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, claimed to call me and I didn’t pick up, he never visited Ajimobi’s family since my husband was admitted in the hospital, neither has he sent anyone nor sent us a message.

“I don’t have his contact and I have never spoken to him. Even if he called me and I didn’t pick up because of my mourning state, he could have sent me a message.

Ajimobi’s family is not competing with him in any way, we are all working for the growth, development and progress of Oyo State, although our party might be different, we are working for the same goal.

“Do I need to send an official message to the governor to inform him about the death of my husband before he could send us a condolence message or pay us a condolence visit? It is not pleasant to hearings. What kind of politics are we playing?

“As a former public chief servant, who had assiduously served this state, he deserved some honours and not a show of shame when he had gone to rest. He never planned to go this soon; he could be anybody as no one knows the next moment.”

Earlier, the remains of the former governor were buried, yesterday, amid tight security.

The family had informed the general public that the remains of the former governor would be taken to his Oke-Ado mosque and his Oja-Oba family house.

But the story was different when newsmen observed that some Islamic clerics, who performed the burial in Islamic rite, moved out of his house after the burial. Few journalists were allowed near the graveside of the former governor as part of the COVID-19 protocols.

At noon, prayers were later offered at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan

Clerics at the burial included Alhaji Kunle Saani, Sheik Muideen Bello, Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Shik Abubakri Abdleganiyu Agbotomokekere, among others.

Fayemi, Ganduje, Bagudu, Abubakar pay tribute

However, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, paid a condolence visit to the family of the former governor.

Speaking on behalf of the governors, Fayemi, sympathised and prayed with the family to Almighty God for the repose of the deceased soul.


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