Ajimobi’s wife exchange words with Oyo deputy governor during husband's burial (VIDEO)

Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late former governor of Oyo State, engaged in an open exchange of words with the state deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan on Sunday.

This took place during the visit of some governors to commiserate with her and the Abiola Ajimobi family.

Mrs Ajimobi complained that the Oyo State government had not commiserated with the family on the death of her husband.
Addressing the visiting governors accompanied by Oyo State deputy governor, the former first lady said, “I think the least anybody can do, as a God-fearing person, is to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died, not even you, Mr Deputy Governor called me…”

At that point, the deputy governor interjected saying, “I called you.”

To which Mrs Ajimobi replied, “You should have sent me a text message.

I don’t have your number, I can’t pick up. I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers I don’t know. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead, and he served this state for eight years. What are we talking about!”

Other governors present had to wade in asking both sides to keep the peace.

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The late Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday after battling coronavirus, was buried on Sunday at his his Oluyole Estate residence in Ibadan.

Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo, had earlier his administration went against the established land use rule in the state to give approval for Ajimobi's burial at Oluyole GRA.
The burial was initially scheduled for Friday, but according to the state government, the event was postponed following consultations with the governments of Lagos and Oyo.

In a statement on Saturday, the governor’s spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said the state government is not responsible for the delay of the burial.

He said the family of the deceased had sought approval to bury the late former governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, but the request was denied because the land was under litigation.

But he said the governor allowed the late former governor to be buried at his residence against the state rules on land.

He said: “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.”

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