Ajimobi dies at 70

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A former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi is dead. He was 70 years old.

He was said to have died of COVID-19 complications at First Cardiology Specialist Hospital, Lagos.

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He was until his death the Until his death the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress(APC).

No official statement has been issued on his death but a source confirmed that he died on Thursday afternoon.

Ajimobi who was to be on life support in the hospital was initially about one and half weeks ago rumoured to have died, but his media aide, Mr Bolaji Tunji and one of his children dispelled this and asked his well wishers to pray for his recovery.

The late Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 into the Ajimobi family at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was Minister of Works and Transport in the Western Region. His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also a member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region.

He started his education at Saint Patrick’s Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School.

Ajimobi’s university education was in the United States of America, where he studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His MBA was in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration on Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.

In 2003, he became a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ajimobi was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate. In 2007, he contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.

Ajimobi contested for a second term in an election that took place on April 11, 2015 under the All Progressive Congress (APC) against two of his predecessors in office, Otunba Christopher Alao Akala and Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja. He won, becoming the first civilian governor of the state to be reelected

Ajimobi was elected as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018. On March 9, 2019, he lost the Oyo South senatorial district seat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Kola Balogun.

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