Former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is dead. He was 70.
A source close to the First Cardiology Consultants Hospital, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19, said the former governor did not recover after he fell into coma. He had been admitted to the hospital after contracting coronavirus.
The rumour mill had been agog last week that he was dead. The former governor had been out of public glare even when he was named as acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ajimobi was one of the public figures who had contracted the Covid-19. Earlier former Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari and Senator Osinowo had died of the virus.
When Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was receiving treatment for COVID-19, Ajimobi, his predecessor was among those who expressed solidarity with him.
He had lauded Makinde for making the people know he tested positive for COVID-19, saying the disease is not a death sentence.
Ajimobi had said, “Immediately I heard that my brother, Gov. Seyi Makinde’s test came back positive, I sent him a text message to express solidarity with him and wish him quick recovery, and God’s protection. I also want to appreciate him for his bravery with this revelation. I know with adequate care he will get over it. I wish him a quick recovery.
“COVID-19 is not a death sentence; people have recovered from it. We will get over this too, but we must continue to ensure that we follow all safety measures.”
Meanwhile, moments after the news of his demise became public, party supporters mainly women besiege the Oluyole home of the former governor. The home wore a sober look as many wept openly.
Some of those who visited the residence include former Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Isaac Omodewu, Chairman, Ibadan Southwest Local Government, Mr Bolaji Adeleke, and a host of others. Government had not been contacted by the family.
He however said the government would officially announce the death as soon as it is contacted by the family.