Former Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi is dead

A former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has been reported dead.

According to SaharaReporters, the 70-year-old died on Thursday at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to the report, Ajimobi had been on a life support machine since last Friday at the hospital after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, 

Doctors treating Ajimobi had last Friday informed his family that his situation had defied every medical intervention and that only a miracle could bring him back to life.  See Also

Those projections came true on Thursday as the ex-governor finally succumbed to the virus that has also killed several prominent Nigerians including late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who was also treated for the disease at First Cardiology Hospital until he died.

Ajimobi’s condition was managed privately but many developed interest in his whereabouts following his absence at public events, especially at the national working committee (NWC) meetings of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In March, he emerged deputy national chairman of the ruling party in the south-west but he was not involved in strategic meetings held ahead of the Edo and Ondo elections.

When an appeal court in Abuja upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman, Ajimobi was appointed in acting capacity.

Due to his absence, Hillard Eta, vice chairman (south-south) was asked to stand in for Ajimobi.

The party’s NWC has been dissolved while a caretaker committee has taken over.

A former senator, Ajimobi goes into history as the only person who has served two terms as Oyo governor. He governed the state between 2011 and 2019.

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