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Senate want FG to name Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi

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The Senate has told the Federal Government to rename the Ibadan Airport after late Senator Abiola Ajimobi who died a few days ago.

Ajimobi died on June 25, of COVID-19 complications.

At the Senate plenary on Tuesday July 7, Senator Abdulfatahi Buhari moved the motion proposing the renaming of the airport after Ajimobi and it was seconded by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Senator Buhari had eulogized the late Ajimobi, who was a member of the 5th Senate from 2003 to 2007.

The red chamber thereafter observed a minute silence in honor of Ajimobi.


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Fatima-Ganduje-Ajimobi blast Seyi Makinde | Must Read.

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Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to late Isiaka Ajimobi’s son, Idris has taken a swipe at Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

According to the daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Seyi Makinde can never surpass the achievements of the late ex-Governor Ajimobi.

Fatima, who is SA to Speaker Gbajabiamila, said this in a tweet in response to a post by Nigerian activist Segun Awosanya aka Segalink on Tuesday.

Awosanya had tweeted, “I don’t know how many people are glad to know that Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State cannot be guilt-tripped into endorsing a heist wrapped in emotions at the expense of the beleaguered people of Oyo State. I’m personally happy he saw through the shenanigans.”

In her response, however, Fatima tweeted, “Lol. Face with tears of joy half-truth is dangerous sha! SM can never ever ever come close to Ajimobi. Not your mate!!!”

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The Ajimobi family has been engaged in a feud with the governor since the death of their patriarch last week.

Ajimobi’s widow, Florence, had last week accused Makinde of abandoning the family, and being insensitive and refusing to condole with the family when Ajimobi died.

The family had also accused the governor of refusing to give them the approval to bury their father on a parcel of land in Ibadan.

Makinde had said the land in question was a subject of court litigation and thus could not allow Ajimobi to be buried there.


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Oyo foremost industrialist lose to death day after Ajimobi’s burial.

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, as a great loss to the state and Nigera as a whole.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the late Akindele died on Monday morning in Lagos, barely 24 hours after the burial of a former governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi.

Makinde described the late Akindele, who was the ‘Parakoyi’ of Ibadanland and Chairman of Modandola Group, as a worthy elder statesman and someone who was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of others.

A statement issued on Monday evening by Mr Taiwo Adisa.the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying that the late Akindele contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community.

The governor also commiserated with the family of the late statesman, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the entire people of Oyo State, praying that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

“The governor said the news of the death of our revered elder statesman, Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and Chairman, Modandola Group, came to us as a shock.

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“Baba Akindele was one of the worthy elder statesmen in the state and he lived a life worthy of emulation. As an elder, he was always after the progress and wellbeing of the state and its people.

“I remember that only a few months ago when the state put out calls for support towards the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund, Baba Akindele was one of the elders who responded by donating N25 million to the state.

“It is sad that we lost such a noble elder and philanthropist at such a moment as this.

“I pray to God to grant his entire family and the state the fortitude to bear this loss,” the statement said.


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Top Story: Ajimobi’s widow clashes with Makinde – Ganduje finds peace

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Late Abiola Ajimobi’s wife, Florence has slammed Governor Seyi Makinde over the way his government treated her husband in the last one month of his illness.

The visibly angry widow denied ever contacting Makinde or anybody in government for any kind of support during the illness of her husband, which eventually resulted in his death.

She spoke while receiving a delegation of Governors who were at the Oluyole residence to commiserate with the family and pay their last respects.

The delegation was led by the Oyo Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan.

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The former first lady, who acknowledged she was not supposed to talk, said she decided to break her silence since his husband fell ill about a month ago and died last Thursday because of misgivings emanating from the government.

While appealing to the govenrment to stop what she described as dirty politics, she said her late husband was for peace and served the state for eight years making him deserve better treatment even in death.

She said:

“Although I should not be the one speaking but I just want to clear the air on a lot of misgivings that has been spreading.

“On behalf of my late husband, children and the entire Ajimobi’s family, I want to sincerely thank you for all your support at this very crucial point of our lives.

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“My husband is not a very difficult man but thank God we are here today. For me, when things like this happen, I want to pick up something. It is a time for everyone of us to reflect on our lives because death is a necessary end. It will come when it will come. We don’t know who is next and we don’t know when our time will come.

“Either you are a Christian or a Muslim, both religions teach love and peace and I am glad that the deputy Governor of Oyo State is here because I need to put some records straight. It is the first time I’m going to make any public announcement or statement since my husband actually died.

“I opened the papers a couple of days ago and I saw the Oyo State Government writing a lot of things.

“Your Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, for the avoidance of misinformation to the public and damage to the image of my husband because my husband is a peace- loving person. He lived for peace passionately.

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“My husband took ill on the 22nd of May and he was hospitalised and I was reading in the papers that the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Seyi Makinde, claimed he called me. But he didnt.”

Referring to the Deputy Governor, she said “I don’t have your number and I have never spoken with you on phone. But it’s important we put the records straight because this is a family of politicians and I don’t want anybody to tarnish my husband’s name and well my husband is gone. It could be me or anyone else tomorrow.

“Life in itself is vanity upon vanity. Either you are PDP or APC, the man is dead and he has been buried.

“But the Governor didn’t call me. Even if he had called me and I didn’t pick his calls, I don’t have his number and I have never spoken with him on the phone. He could have sent me a text message for record purposes.

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“And then today again, I read in the papers and saw how the Ajimobi’s family was lying about something again

“Mr Deputy, my husband never had anything against the Governor or anyone else. We were in different parties but he was an elder stateman and he slept on the ground.

“The Governor of Oyo State never called me nor sent a condolence message, my husband was hospitalised for one month. What politics are we playing, please?

“Life is short, I’m a Christian and my husband is a Muslim, we all should let the fear of God guide us in whatever we are doing. Ajimobi is gone today. Whatever he does doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter to me as his wife and his widow. I’m going to mourn and respect my husband’s wishes and that was what I did today, laid him to rest peacefully.

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“I don’t want any controversy. Everything I read in the papers, I just swallowed them all and let it go. So, please, the press are here, we never had any rift with the Governor with the state government. I never dialogued with them. I never contacted them nor sent them a word because I didn’t know it was necessary for me to send official messages that my husband was hospitalised.

“I didn’t send messages to Governor Fayemi. I didn’t send to Governor Ganduje. I didn’t send to Lagos State Governor, I didn’t send messages to anybody because it was all over the social media and they knew that my husband was ill.

“I think the least anybody can do as a God- fearing person was at least to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died. Not even you Mr Deputy Governor called. If you had called me as you claimed and I didn’t pick, you could have at least sent me a message Sir.

“I don’t have your number, I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers that I don’t know Sir. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead and he served this state for eight good years.

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“Are you saying he didn’t contribute anything to this state and you could not honour him for a second? The man is dead and I need to put the record straight. I don’t want anybody, any government to tarnish my husband’s image. He was a peace loving man. And he played his role and he’s gone.”

“Nobody can be on the stage for so long. You come, play your roles and you leave. Somebody else comes. I pray for Governor Seyi Makinde to succeed because that is the only time I would say that my husband succeeded.

“So, please let’s put the record straight. I never had any interactions with Governor Seyi Makinde, he did not contact the family and that is the fact. His deputy Governor is here, he did not even send me a text message and I don’t have your number and I don’t pick calls from numbers that I don’t know. So, please let’s stop dirty politics.”

The quick intervention of Kano Governor Umar Ganduje, who quickly called for prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Governor, put the matter to rest.


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Seyi Makinde denies involvement in delay of Ajimobi’s burial

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According to the reports, the Oyo State Government has come out to strongly denied insinuations that it is responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations amounted to a wicked lie, NRM report

The statement read: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.

“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossips, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.

“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.

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“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.

“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.

“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.

“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.

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“Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.

“It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.

“Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.

“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”


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Ajimobi’s legacies still in Oyo – Alao Akala

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Former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, said on Saturday the late Abiola Ajimobi left behind enduring legacies for the people of the state.

Alao-Akala stated this in a condolence message he personally signed and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital.

He said: “Kemi and I are deeply saddened. Senator Abiola Ajimobi was a man of principle who championed truth, justice and kindness.

“I am comforted in the fact that the late Ajimobi left behind enduring legacies for the people of Oyo State to enjoy for generations.”

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Alao-Akala described the ex-governor as a passionate public administrator and a powerful voice of moral conscience.

“He was a brother, friend and political associate; a passionate public administrator and a powerful voice of moral conscience who served Oyo State and his country for decades with dignity and integrity.

“We have lost a giant. My brother, Ajimobi, was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Yoruba nation.

“Our world is dimmer without him in it.

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“He was a politician of high repute and immense clout. All his life, he defined his politics and pitted his tent early in life with the progressive school,” the former governor added.

He said the late Ajimobi’s decision to set up the reconciliation committee for All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state was informed by his desperation to see a united party.

Alao-Akala was sad the deceased did not live to see him reconcile aggrieved members of the party.

He pledged that the committee would deliver on the desired mandate of the late All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain.


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News+: Olubadan mourn Ajimobi’s shocking death

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Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has expressed deep pain over the death of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

His reaction was contained in a statement on Friday by spokesman, Adeola Oloko.

Olubadan said he was in a “dilemma” as it was not in Yoruba tradition for a father to announce the obituary of his son.

The monarch noted that words were not enough to describe the “untimely exit of an illustrious son and Aare of Ibadan land”.

Olubadan recalled that he and Ajimobi met at Ibadan House, Oke Aremo, in February.

“A wall (not hall) of fame built in honour of some illustrious Ibadan indigenes had been erected just before the outbreak of COVID-19.

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“Nobody had the slightest idea that death would come calling on him so quickly.
“Ajimobi was vibrant and full of life at that occasion.

“Our prayer has always been that our children should outlive us. But, who are we to challenge the sovereignty of Almighty God who gives and takes without question,” Adetunji said.

The Oba consoled with Ajimobi family and the entire people of Ibadan land.

He prayer that Almighty Allah would give all his friends and relatives the fortitude to bear the loss.


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Ajimobi’s body to be buried on 28th of June, 2020

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The late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, will be buried on Sunday at his Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.

In a statement issued by the ex-governor’s family, Ajimobi would be buried after the traditional Muslim prayers at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The statement read:

“In close consultation with the governments of Lagos and Oyo States, the date for the burial ceremony has been announced.

“Barring any changes, the ex-governor’s body will be interred at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque at Oke-Ado, Ibadan at 12noon on Sunday, 28th of June 2020 after the traditional Muslim prayers.

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“To ensure that strict COVID-19 protocols are adhered to and in light of the current circumstances of our national health challenges, the family appeals to the public to observe strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in their participation.

“Furthermore, details of the live media coverage of the funeral ceremony will be made public by tomorrow (Saturday).

“In the near future, details of a larger funeral gathering will be announced where a lot more of his well-wishers will have the opportunity to pay him their respect.”

Ajimobi died at the First Cardiology Consultant, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday after his battle with COVID-19.


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Watch Abiola Ajimobi say he wish he’d die @ 70

Watch video here – Ajimobi wish he’d die @ 70 – Noble Reporters tv

How Ajimobi prophesies his Death at 70

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Former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, once revealed that he has always told God he wants to die at the age of 70.

Ajimobi stated this during an interview with Splash FM some weeks before he was hospitalized.

Ajimobi, who spoke in Yoruba language during the interview, said his father died two months before he clocked the age of 70.

The two-term governor and former senator, however, succumbed to death today at the age of 70.

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Ajimobi said: “I do tell God it’s enough once I clock the age of 70.

“My dad died with just two months to clock 70. So, I always say If I could make it to 70, then it’s enough. But when I was close and experiencing the goodness of life, I told God 70 is too small.”

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi was born on the 16th of December 1949.
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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 and was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost.

He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.


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Ajimobi’s real death cause surfaces | Details

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Yesterday, Noble Reporters Media reported the death of Oyo state former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

Professor Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, has revealed that he died from multiple organ failure due to COVID-19 complications.

In a tweet posted on Friday June 26, the Commissioner for Health said Ajimobi died at the First Cardiologist Consultant, a private COVID-19 approved care facility in the state.

”We regret the death of immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi who passed on June 25, 2020 at First Cardiologist Consultant; a private #COVID19 approved care facility in Lagos State. The former Governor died from multiple organs failure following complications from #COVID19 infection.

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On behalf of #COVID19Lagos Incident Commander @jidesanwoolu and the entire #COVID19Lagos response team, we convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of the former Governor and the people of Oyo state. May his soul rest in peace” he tweeted

The former governor was 70 years old.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the Yoruba born politician was once captured on tape where he prayed to die at 70!

Some Nigerians have taken to social media to react to his passing.


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Ajimobi’s widow mourn his death after recovering from COVID-19

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Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late ex-Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi who died yesterday is inconsolable now.

Senator Abiola Ajimobi and his wife were an item!

Always together, you would think they were teenagers in love. To think she was a devout Christian and her late husband, a practicing Muslim.

The couple who was married for 39 years before Ajimobi kicked the bucket on June 25, 2020 after suffering from COVID-19 complications, remained a shining example to their children.

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Florence also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered.

They would always celebrate their wedding anniversaries especially when he became a governor and even after he left office.

When they celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in November 2019, 61-year-old Florence wrote,

“39years strong. Eternally grateful to have the best man with me through the years. Best husband, father and grandfather. Thank you for being a good and solid companion on this journey.

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As we look to the future with so much hope, may our evening years together bring a more joy than we have ever known.”

But that didn’t mean he didn’t cheat on her.

A loving wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, said she caught her husband having an affair on two occasions.

Mrs. Ajimobi said this while speaking with her daughter, Bisola in a video which was posted on Instagram earlier in 2020.

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According to Florence, when most men cheat, it is just about sex and nothing more.

Mrs. Ajimobi said, “Even on one or two occasions that I caught him cheating, he will apologise and once he apologises and it ends, I never go back to them (the issues) again. I never, Bisola because what I’m saying is to err is human, to forgive is divine.

“We are friends. Even as a wife, sometimes I fall below his expectations. Sometimes we do something worse than cheating.”

“So, even before I got married, I made up my mind that this union called married would be forever.”


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Former Oyo Governor, Ajimobi is Dead

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Former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has died at the age of 70.

Ajimobi, who has been in a coma and on life support for some days after a surgery passed away at the First Cardiology Hospital, Ikoyi.

A revealed that Ajimobi has who was being treated for coronavirus complications has been totally unconscious since last Thursday after his organs totally collapsed.

He said his family will make a formal announcement on Thursday evening.

“His organs collapsed about a week ago. It is just that the family didn’t want to unplug the life support. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.


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Rising Story: Ajimobi-led NWC to boycott NEC meeting

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The crisis rocking Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have reached a crisis head as the Ajimobi-led National Working Committee (NWC) has turned down a National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) called by a breakaway faction led by Victor Giadom and backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NEC meeting, which was called by the embattled former Deputy National Secretary of the party, has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, who also recognised him as the authentic acting National Chairman of the party.

The Ajimobi-led NWC however rejected the invitation, stating, that the president was supporting illegality by his action.

The factional NWC made their position known in a statement jointly signed by the National Vice Chairman (South South), Hilliard Eta, and the acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

According to them, the President was wrongly advised and blackmailed into agreeing to lend his weight to illegality.

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The statement read: “We wish to unequivocally state that members of the National Working Committee believe that the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality of the National Executive Committee meeting purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020.

“We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter regarding the impasse presently experienced by the party so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because we are sure that the President if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.

“The National Working Committee regrets to turn down the invitation to the illegal and unconstitutional national executive committee convened by Chief Victor Giadom.

“We believe that attending such a meeting will amount to embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the constitution of our great party.“


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July 7: Ajimobi need your prayers – Bamgbose cries

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The National Coordinator Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Olusegun Bamgbose has said that ex-governor Abiola Ajimobi requires serious prayers to live beyond July 7.

Ajimobi who was recently named the acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is said to be in critical condition and battling COVID-19.

Speaking to Daily Post, Bamgbose said that the former governor can only be healed by God.

“The truth of the matter is that Ajimobi will need serious prayers to survive beyond the 7th day of July, 2020,” the senior lawyer said.

“I’m not a prophet, but I’m divinely endowed to foresee events yet to happen.

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“I recently confided in a former Governor that a former Governor of Nigeria will need prayer to survive.

“I never envisaged it was going to be Ajimobi. The record is still there in my phone.

“Be that as it may, there is a way out for Ajimobi to regain his health. The resurrection power is still available.

“No matter the state of his health, he can be instantaneously healed. The process is very simple. What they have to do is well known to me.

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“If they will believe God and his word, miracle will follow. Like I said earlier on, I’m not a prophet. It’s just a gift.

“I once told Jonathan’s Aide back then that suicide bombing was coming, he never believed me, but now we are in it. In March 2020, I told Nigerians that, a new Chief of Staff to the President will evolve, it has happened.

“I’m personally concerned about the health of Ajimobi and other Nigerians. His sickness is not unto death but unto the glory of the Lord.

“It’s my desire that he will regain his health soon. I will tell them what to do when contacted. There is no cause for alarm. It wont cost them anything. The Lord Jesus will heal him,” he said.


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Ajimobi’s appointment Illegal – APC Chairman says, threatens lawsuit

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Micheal Akinleye, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ado Ekiti Local Government, has threatened legal action against the appointment of Abiola Ajimobi as Acting National Chairman.

This was contained in a letter on Wednesday to the National Working Committee (NWC) through his counsel, Tunde Oke.

He called the NWC’s appointment of the former Oyo State Governor as “outright nullity and contempt of court”.

Akinleye reminded the NWC that there is a pending case with suit No. FHC/AD/CS/8/2020 before the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti.

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He said the suit prayed against any nomination of anyone to fill the Deputy National Chairman position Ajimobi holds and that the case was ongoing

Among others reliefs, the suit prayed that the office should be filled in accordance with Article 20 of the All Progressive Congress Constitution 2014 (as amended).

Akinleye’s lawyer noted that until the case is determined, Ajimobi’s appointment as Deputy National Chairman (South), and now as Acting National Chairman of the party is a nullity.

The party chairman said it is on record that “all the processes filed in the suit have been served on all the parties which serves as notice to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit”.

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The letter recalled that, “at the time when the suit was instituted by our Client, Ajimobi’s name had not been purportedly recognised by the National Working Committee of APC”.

“However, during the pendency of the Suit when appearance had been entered for all the Defendants, our attention was drawn to several newspaper publications that the National Working Committee of APC has announced Sen. Abiola Ajimobi’s name as the Deputy National Chairman (South).”

APC had stated that his appointment received the support of five of the Six South West states of Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ogun and Lagos and that only Ekiti protested the nomination.

Meanwhile, the party has appointed Hilliard Etta to act as the Acting National Chairman on behalf of Ajimobi, who has been away from the public over health issues.


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Hilliard represent sick Ajimobi as APC Acting National Chairman

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The ruling political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), may be heading to a crisis of leadership following the exit of its former chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Two members of the National working committee are holding unto the office as Acting chairman, each with his measured strength of supporters from the 20 member National Working Committee.

The crack in the National working Committee manifested in Wednesday as Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was announced by the party in Wednesday as the Acting Chairman.

Members of the party were still processing the development when the Deputy National Secretary of the Party, Victor Giadom, bypassed all other higher offices of the NWC to announce himself the Chairman of the party flagging the Court Order of March 16 in the suit FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 by Hon. Justice S.U. Nature.

Amidst the claim and counterclaim, to the office of the Chairman, Twelve members of the National working committee filed behind the former Oyo State Governor affirming his new status as the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

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The fifteen man committee comprised of 12 physically present and three others virtually access maintained that the NWC stands with Abiola Ajimobi as its Chairman.

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However, in his absence following his health challenge, the NWC has nominated the National Vice Chairman of the (South-South) Hilliard Eta as it’s Ag. Chairman pending the recovery of the Senator Ajimobi who enjoys the support of majority member of the NWC

National Vice Chairman South-South, Hilliard Eta who spoke on behalf of the NWC while being flanked by other members said Giadom has no right of claim to membership of the National Working Committee.

According to him, Giadom had resigned his membership of the National Working Committee to contest as the deputy Governor of Rivers State in the 2019 guber elections and has not reapplied for the office of the deputy national secretary which is now open to the South-South region to fill.

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The new Ag. Chairman of the party said this was the resolution of the National Working Committee’s meeting of Wednesday 17th June 2020 done in line with the constitutional remedy on the matter.

Hilliard led the national working committee of the All Progressives Congress also in its resolution constituted two committees on the controversial Edo State governorship election.

His words: The meeting was properly attended, in attendance we had 15 members of the NWC out of 21.

“The NWC resolved as follows. We are aware of the court order of yesterday and in dealing with the matter we have resorted strictly to the Constitution of APC, because the Constitution is intended to deal with matters such as this.

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“That in the event of the inability of an officer of the party, the Constitution is invested with the process of replacement and so according to the Constitution of the party, the NWC re-affirms the Deputy National Chairman (South) as the acting national chairman of the party.

” And in his absence, as also enshrined in our constitution, the National Vice-chairman of the party from the zone of which the national hails from and in this case, the South-south acts on behalf of Ajimobi.

“The party is running on a comeback. The Constitution of the party envisages that from time to time we will have this kind of circumstances, and because this is so, the Constitution provides us with remedies

“And following the ongoing Edo State primaries of the party, the NWC has constituted a seven-man election panel for the Edo primary elections that is scheduled to hold on the 22nd of June 2020.

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“And the panel has these names. Senator Hopes Uzodinma as Chairman, Senator Ajibola Bashiru as Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Hon. Ibrahim Sabo, Hon. Ojo Obioma, Hajia Amina Muhammad and Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye as members.

“For the primary election appeal committee, Prof. Mustapha Bello as chairman, Dr Kayode Ajulo as secretary, Hon. Umar Ahmed, Nasir Dundun, and Hon. Rasaq Mahmud as members.

“The NWC also noted order that was delivered in Port Harcourt in respect of the Rivers State executive committee of our party, the NWC is aware of the fact that the court agreed that Hon. Igo Aguma should hold the caretaker committee in Rivers State and the NWC as obliged and would obey that court order.

” We will all make plans in due time to have the Congress of our party from the Ward culminating at the state level in Rivers State.

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“It is also noted that Chief Victor Giadom had resigned to contest as Deputy Governor of the party in the last election and that the party has no recollection that the South-south zone of the party had represented him.

“Therefore the NWC has now asked the South-south of the party to present a member of the party to fill this position,” Hilliard stated at the press conference at the Secretariat.

Giadom had earlier reversed the Edo state primary elections promising a new election.

He called on aggrieved members of the party not to leave but remain within the fold as he emphasized that the days of selective obedience to the court order and other acts of impunity by an individual was over.

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“I bring to your notice that on the 16th of March 2020, Hon Justice S.U. Bature in suit no FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 had ordered that, with the earlier suspension of Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, I Chief. Hon Victor Giadom should act as National Chairman of our great party.

“That Order could not be immediately effected at that time because of the temporary reprieve Adams Oshiomohle got from the Court of Appeal on the same date. However, having removed the temporary reprieve yesterday by the Court of Appeal and considering the fact that we cannot allow for a vacuum, I most humbly inform you that I have assumed office as Acting National Chairman of our great party in compliance with the order of the court.

I, therefore, most humbly solicit the support of the entire leadership and members of our great party in achieving this very important responsibility. I want to assure all party members that the All Progressives Congress will obey court orders/judgements as to bring sanity to our great party. Time for selective compliance of Court Orders and judgements is over.

“Our party, the All Progressives Congress, will no longer allow local quests for the control of power to influence our decisions. As your Acting National Chairman and presiding officer in the NWC, we, therefore, cancel the decision of the Screening and Appeal Committees of the former Chairman of the party on the Edo primaries. This is in strict compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that forbids anyone who is interested in a cause to be a judge in that same cause.

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“It is a brazen rape on the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the former Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle to preside and select Committees in respect to the Governorship primaries in Edo State being a key player in the crisis in that State.

“Whatever role the former Chairman was given to play in that process by the APC constitution, it cannot override the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which governs all of us.

“We, therefore, ask all Aspirants in the Governorship Primaries to report for fresh screening between today and tomorrow. I call on all aspirants to remain in the All Progressives Congress as we guarantee fairness and justice to all concerned. The schedule and time for each aspirant shall be communicated.

“In addition to the above the Deputy Organising Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Hon. Muhammad Sani Ibrahim, shall immediately resume office as the Acting National Organising Secretary in compliance with the judgement of the Federal High Court in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/733/2018 which removed the former National Organising Secretary Mr Emmanuel Ibediro since 24th of September 2018. This is to ensure strict compliance with the Rule of Law.


#Newsworthy…

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Ajimobi in Coma – Aide says amid alleged appointment

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Former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, is “fine and better” now.

This was confirmed to NRM by one of his aides who pleaded anonymity.

Ajimobi was rumoured to be battling with COVID-19 and had slipped into a coma.

However, when asked, the source said “Coma? I don’t think so. He was very sick, but he is better now”.

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On Tuesday night, Ajimobi was named the Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This follows the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole by an Appeal Court.

In a statement, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, noted the decision was guided by the legal department.

However, APC’s Deputy National Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, has insisted he is the right candidate to fill in the role.


#Newsworthy…

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FFK react to Oshiomhole’s suspension and appointment of sick Ajimobi

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the latest developments in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Recall that hours after the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, dumped the ruling party citing his disqualification to contest in the primaries, the Appeal Court in Abuja upheld the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

The APC National Working Committee, NWC, had on Tuesday announced that Abiola Ajimobi, who is said to have been sick, will be acting as the party’s National Chairman, a move that has been rejected by the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Victor Gaidom.

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Following the Appeal Court ruling and the appointment of Ajimobi, Gaidom released a statement saying that he was the right man for the job, citing an earlier order by the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

And Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, described the whole scenario playing out in the APC as “stranger than fiction.”

Reacting in a tweet on Wednesday, Fani Kayode said, “The day that Obaseki leaves @OfficialAPCNg, the Court of Appeal declares that Oshiomole is no longer Nat. Chairman of the party and Sen. Ajimobi, the man that has been declared Acting Nat. Chairman, ends up in a coma in the hospital. The whole thing is stranger than fiction.”


#Newsworthy…

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Ajimobi takes over from Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman

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The All Progressives Congress said its court-suspended chairman Adams Oshiomhole will hand over to Senator Abiola Ajimobi, deputy national chairman, for the south.

The party said it was guided by the advice of its legal department, according to a statement by national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

“According to Section 14.2. (iii),of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.”

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But there is a snag.

Ajimobi is right now critically ill in the hospital, battling a serious COVID-19 infection that has made doctors put him on the ventilator for close to two weeks.

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Asked about what the party would do, since Ajimobi may not be available, a party source said the party will look further into the hierarchical structure and pick the next person in line.

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On March 4, Justice Danlami Senchi, a judge of the FCT High Court in Abuja, ordered the interim suspension of Oshiomhole as national chairman.

Victor Giadom, the deputy national secretary took over the running of the party.

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Since then, the APC had filled all its vacant executive positions and appointed a substantive national secretary and vice chairman.

Oshiomhole will now need to go back to the high court to defend the substantive suit.

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”Oshiomhole will remain suspended pending the determination of the suit”, the judge had ruled in March. .

Oshiomhole’s problem started from home in Edo State, when he was suspended as a member of the party by his ward, a fallout of his battle with Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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The suspension was upheld at all levels, up to the state level. Oshiomhole did not challenge the action.

This made Justice Senchi to observe that it was wrong of the APC to have kept Oshiomhole as chairman after he was suspended by his state chapter of the party.

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Later, one Afolabi approached the court to get a court backing for the suspension.

This led to the March 4 ruling that threw Oshiomhole out of his chair as APC chief executive.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Abiola Ajimobi lands in ‘Coma’

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The immediate past governor of Oyo State, and deputy chairman of APC (All Progressive Congress) Abiola Ajimobi is reportedly in a critical condition at the First Cardiology Hospital.

Recall with NRM that the ex governor was rushed to the specialist hospital last week after collapsing in his bedroom.

He is said to be battling Covid-19 and is now in a coma.

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According to journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, Ex-governor Ajimobi had slipped into a coma due to underlying health conditions he was battling before he was admitted.

The First Cardiology Hospital is the same hospital where the late Chief of staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari was admitted. A Lagos Senator, Adebayo Osinowo was also admitted at the same hospital and died of Covid-19 related complications.


#Newsworthy…

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