Former Nigerian senator who finished his second term as Oyo State governor last year, has died.
The death was announced by a close family members.He died at the age of 70, close family members say. Ajimobi’s death is linked to COVID-19 as he was reported to have secondary medical problems.
Controversy surrounding his death;
On June 18, 2020, an investigative journalist “Fisayo Soyombo ” reported his death from COVID-19, which garnered the attention of several Nigerians and soon attracted denials from his daughter and spokesperson.
“Thank you for all the messages but our father is still alive, alhamdulillah. When it is our time we will all die so wait first,” his daughter Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, his daughter in-law tweeted.
“My attention has been drawn to the rumours circulating on the social media about my principal. Kindly disregard. We however continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the show of concern,” Bolaji Tunji, his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy also said.
After the news of Ajimobi’s death broke, some members of his family complained about their inability to reach him and his family. Sources within the family had complained to that they were unable to reach him and his immediate family especially after another news platform had announced him testing negative to Covid-19. One of our sources said they were surprised to see that the announcement of his situation then was made by their daughter-in-law and not their “nephew or wife”.
His death was announced shortly after the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the APC, which he was previously appointed as its Acting Chairman.
There are rumours that the news about his death had to wait till now due to political issues around the Party’s chairmanship;
But after today’s NEC, the family had to plead that they let him rest; He was brain dead since last week after a lung surgery and there was no medical attention proffered again aside putting him on the life support, It was said that the family allegedly played along after they had thought about life after his death.
In March 2020, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) approved his nomination as the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party. After his appointment into the NWC was met by opposition from certain quarters, a Federal High Court affirmed his appointment.
On June 16, 2020, a Court of Appeal upheld the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, by a lower court. The NWC subsequently named Ajimobi the acting National Chairman amid reports that he was incapacitated due to COVID-19.
On June 17, 2020, due to his “unavoidable absence” according to the NWC, the committee unanimously appointed Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Etta, to act on his behalf.
The APC has since appointed a caretaker committee after the dissolution of the NWC.
Mr Ajimobi was a senator from 2003 to 2007. After unsuccessful attempts, he was ultimately elected governor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, becoming the first Oyo State governor to serve two terms.
He was survived by his wife and children.