By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Condolence messages have continued to pour in like torrential rain from prominent Nigerians and political parties over the death of former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Late Ajimobi, also, until his death, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman, South,
Late Ajimobi was the immediate past governor of Oyo State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman, South.
Gbajabiamila said Ajimobi was a peace-loving man that promoted the same among his people and beyond, saying that Oyo State and Nigeria have lost a patriotic leader.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life and had served the people of Oyo State diligently and patriotically.
The Speaker said he was personally touched and deeply saddened by Ajimobi’s death, saying Ajimobi is the architect of modern Oyo whose legacy will last long in the heart of many Nigerians.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, the people and government of Oyo State and the country as a whole, especially the larger APC family.
Late Abiola Ajimobi was a strong pillar in the APC fold. Not only that, but he was also a dedicated leader that left his footprints in the sands of time in Oyo State when he served as governor for eight years, making him the longest-serving governor of the state to date.
“I pray that God Almighty will grant him a peaceful resting place and give his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” Gbajabiamila said.
PDP described the death of Ajimobi as a huge loss to theAPC.
PDP lamented that Ajimobi died when APC and Nigeria in general needed his experience.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described Ajimobi’s death as a “national tragedy and a huge loss not only to the APC and his state, Oyo but also to the entire nation.”
The statement reads: “Indeed, our party is still in shock and deeply saddened over the news of the death of Senator Ajimobi, especially at this time, when our nation needed his wealth of experience and statesmanship the most.
“Senator Ajimobi was an exceptionally brilliant administrator, outstanding legislator and a man of peace, who made immense contributions and sacrifices towards the unity as well as political stability and development of our dear nation, Nigeria.
“Senator Ajimobi was an excellent administrator and broad-minded Nigerian, who put the good of the nation ahead of other considerations in his political life.
“Our party sincerely commiserates with the Ajimobi family, particularly his widow, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, President Muhammadu Buhari, the national leadership of the @OfficialAPCNg, the government and people of Oyo state.”
In a tweet, he wrote: “On behalf of my family, I condole with the family of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi over the passing away of its patriarch.
“My condolences also to the government and people of Oyo State. May the Almighty Allah accept his soul and help the bereaved heal from this loss.”
The APC also expressed sadness over the death of Ajimobi,
On Friday, Chairman APC National Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, spoke glowingly of the deceased.
Buni, the Governor of Yobe State, assumed the position on Thursday.
He said Ajumobi’s death came “at a crucial time the party is looking up to our well-meaning leaders to champion the needed reforms and reconciliation moves to be undertaken by the newly-appointed caretaker committee”.
Buni noted that the APC had lost a decent man who in spirit and character embodied its progressive mantra.
The governor recalled the “fond memories and indelible strides Senator Ajimobi left behind”.
“We will always remember a loving father, husband, gentleman, astute administrator, patriotic Nigerian, fine politician who was exemplary in all his private and public endeavors.”
APC sent condolences to the immediate family, the government and people of Oyo State, and the APC family.
The party prayed to Almighty Allah to be merciful and grant Ajimobi Al Jannah Firdaus.
Also reacting, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki expressed sadness over the demise of Ajimobi.
The governor, in a condolence message to the Ajimobi family and the people of Oyo State, said the late Senator was a fine gentleman, who would be dearly missed by all.
Obaseki wrote on Twitter: “I send heartfelt condolences to the government and good people of Oyo State, over the passing of former governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“He was a fine gentleman, who would be dearly missed by all.”
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun , said he had lost a great pillar of support in Ajimobi, who he said stood by him at his most trying times.
Abiodun said he and many other lovers of Ajimobi were hopeful that he would be back on his feet.
The governor said he is yet to come to terms with the passage of Senator Ajimobi, saying “this is one death that has inflicted not just a deep pain, but one that will linger for long.”
He described Ajimobi’s death as a loss of immeasurable proportions yet to be fully grasped.
“I have lost a great pillar of support who stood by me at my most trying times. The Ajimobi family has been deprived of a scion and someone who deepened the family’s proud legacy of service; Oyo State has lost a true pacesetter, and the rank of progressive politicians has been depleted,” the governor said.
Abiodun got emotional when he said, “Indeed, a colossus has taken a bow, an orchestra has been abruptly terminated and the curtains drawn on an era.
“Many had hoped this political titan would be back on his feet, making light of his brief illness with the admirable deployment of his signature wit, humour and prodigious intellect.
“But God had a different plan and as people of faith, we take solace in the knowledge that from Him we come and unto Him we shall return.”
The governor added that his thoughts and prayers are with Ajimobi’s immediate family, the Government and people of Oyo State, political associates and the All Progressives Congress.
“May Allah forgive and admit Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi into Aljannah Firdaus. Egbon, good night,” Abiodun concluded.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described the passing of the late politician as a personal loss.
According to Akeredolu in a statement, the late Ajimobi who had been his longtime ally will be missed by all.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, the ex-governor was rated as an embodiment of courage and intelligence.
“Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwadurotimi Akeredolu, SAN receives with a deep sense of loss, the demise of Senator Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi, former Governor of Oyo State.
“He is personally touched and feels the sense of a great loss for many reasons. Aside his political affinity with the late Ajimobi whom he fondly referred to as Egbon, Governor Akeredolu recalls the memorable days of their shared communality and brotherliness in the City of Ibadan prior to their venture into politics,” the statement reads
“The demise of the former Governor prods remarkably nostalgic moments. Twice, he had cause to be Ajimobi’s Lead Counsel in defence of his gubernatorial mandate; and on both occasions, they savoured victorious moments.
Akeredolu added that as a sitting governor then, the late Senator Ajimobi rendered an immeasurable support when he ran for the governorship of Ondo State in 2012, stressing that Ajimobi repeated same feat in the historic 2016 second attempt that ushered in the present administration.
While saying that, “his place in the sand of time remains indelible just as the vacuum left behind represents a permanent scar. He was indeed, an embodiment of courage who resonated intelligence and an unusual resilience. He will be sorely missed by all.
“The Governor, while praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, thanks God for the opportunity He provided for the late former Governor as he touched lives positively in the various capacities he found himself in his political journey. He played his part, and very well too.”
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described the late Ajimobi as a selfless politician.
Saraki said Nigeria will miss Ajimobi’s wise counsel and intervention at this critical period.
The PDP National Leader stated this while extending his condolences to Ajimobi’s family.
In a series of tweets, the former Senate President wrote: “I join Nigerians from all walks of life in mourning with the Ajimobi family, particularly Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and the children, over the passing away of Senator Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi.
“He was a jovial, friendly and selfless politician who made immense contributions to Nigeria’s development, as a Senator, and in Oyo State, where he served as a 2 term Governor. We will miss his wise counsel and mature interventions at this critical period of our national history.
“May Allah forgive his sins and grant him a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus.
“May He also grant Mrs. Ajimobi and the entire family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Similarly, the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq described Ajimobi’s death as a huge loss to the people of Oyo State and Nigeria in general.
Also tweeting, the governor wrote: “The death of Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi is a huge loss to the family, the governing APC, and to the entire people of Oyo State and Nigeria. Senator Ajimobi was a dear brother and close family-friend whose wise counsel and guidance l will forever uphold and cherish.
“My family has indeed lost a great friend and ‘egbon’; we send forth our deepest condolences to the Ajimobis and the entire people of Oyo State.
“May the Almighty Allah give the family the fortitude to bear this loss and grant him al jannah firdaus.”