Wale Oyewale, Ibadan
Loyalists of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, friends, and family members of the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi arrived at his Oluyole Estate residence in Ibadan early Friday morning to sympathise with his immediate family.
Ajimobi, former Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, died at age 70 after testing positive for the COVID-19.
By 8 am on Friday, sympathisers gathering in anticipation of the late politician’s burial.
However, it was later gathered that the burial arrangement had not been concluded.
Media aide to the late Ajimobi, Bolaji Tunji, said the family members are still meeting on the burial arrangement.
A statement by the Ajimobi family, made available to The PUNCH, read in parts, “With great sadness and deep regret, but with total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our husband, father, and grandfather, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, after a brief illness.
“Accordingly, funeral details will be announced in due course.”
Meanwhile, tributes have begun to pour in for the late politician just as some of the mourners, mostly women, who came to his 6th Avenue, Yemoja Street, Oluyole Estate residence, were seen weeping.
Among the dignitaries, who condoled the Ajimobi family are a legal luminary and politician, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN; Senator Teslim Folarin; Senator Kola Balogun and a former governorship aspirant of the APC in Oyo State, Dr Olusola Ayandele.
Akintola described Ajimobi’s demise as a colossal loss to Nigeria and the black race.
Akintola in a condolence message made available to journalists in Ibadan on Friday by his Personal Assistant, Prince Olumuyiwa Akinbiyi, said the late politician would never be forgotten in history.
Ayandele said, “Ajimobi was a rare gem who discovered himself from the beginning of his life and he did not miss any opportunity to demonstrate the stuff he was made of.”