Former Oyo Gov. Senator Abiola Ajimobi died from Coronavirus complications - Media

Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, is dead, Nigerian medias reported. 

He was aged 70. Ajimobi who later served as the Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress died of an undisclosed ailment in a private hospital in Lagos, though reports said that he may have contracted COVID-19 and may have died of complications from the disease.

He died from Coronavirus complications after being hospitalised at First Cardiologist Consultants in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 25th June, 2020.

Ajimobi is another top Nigerian to have died of the Coronavirus after Abba Kyari who was the Chief of Staff to the Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

On the 5th of June, 2020, a report circulated virally on social media that former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was allegedly hospitalized in Lagos After testing positive for coronavirus. The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, popularly known as "Constituted Authority", died at age 70 after battling coronavirus-related symptoms for a month.

According to Thisday report, no official statement has been issued on his death and attempts to speak with his spokesman, Bolaji Tunji, on phone were unsuccessful. A family source however confirmed that he died on Thursday afternoon.

The report says people have been trooping to his country home at Yemoja Street, Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, to confirm the news of his death. Only the small gate to the palatial home was opened with none of the family members around, except security men.

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 an honourable 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.

He was formerly the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria

He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years

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.

In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children. His first daughter is Abisola Kola-Daisi.

Until his death, he was the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress.

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