Soji Ajibola, Ibadan
Barely 24 hours after the remains of the immediate past Governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi were interred, his wife, Chief Mrs Florence Ajimobi, has accused Gov. Seyi Makinde of playing politics with his death.
Expressing her displeasure while receiving members of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, led by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on a condolence visit to her Oluyole Estate residence, Ibadan, Mrs Ajimobi alleged that the leadership of the state didn’t deem it fit to wish her husband well while on admission at the hospital and did not even console the family after his demise.
The former first Lady noted with dismay that her husband was not accorded due respect as a former governor of the state.
She said, “I read in the newspapers a few days ago that the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, claimed to have called me and I didn’t pick up. He never paid Ajimobi’s family a visit since my husband was admitted in 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 parties 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?”
Expressing her grievances, the late former governor’s wife pointed out that her husband didn’t have any issue with Makinde when he was alive, and pleaded that he should be allowed to have a peaceful eternal rest.
“As a former public chief servant, who had assiduously served this state, he deserved some honours and not show of shame when he has gone to rest. He never planned to go this soon; it could be anybody as no one knows the next moment,” she said.
She, however called on the Oyo State Government to stop peddling lies about him and the entire family because he is no longer available to defend himself.
In his remarks, the Governor’s Forum Chairman, Fayemi, sympathised with the family, APC and Oyo State.
He prayed Almighty Allah to repose the deceased’s soul.
Other governors, who were on the condolence delegation, included Dr. Umaru Ganduje (Kano), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).