Contrary to speculations that the former Governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi is dead, family members have said the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC is alive but battling for his life for suspected COVID-19 ailment in a Lagos hospital.
Principal officers described the speculations as a rude shock noting that Ajimobi slipped into a coma and has been on the ventilator for close to two weeks.
One of his former aides, speaking on condition of anonymity said, “We are making calls within and outside the state to confirm the truth. You know it is difficult to rely on online reports saying that the former governor was dead. Yes, he is very sick, but he is already getting well.
However, for another former aide of the former governor, Bolaji Tunji, the rumour was birthed by the enemies of progress.
The angry aide said, “That story is not true please. My attention has been drawn to the rumour circulating on the social media about my principal. Kindly disregard. We, however, continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the show of concern.”
Also, Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, a daughter-in-law of has debunked reports of his death saying “Thank you for all the messages but our father is still alive, alhamdulillah. When it is our time we will all die so wait first…”
At the Oluyole Estate residence of the governor, activities were normal in the area, as well as at the residence of the Ajimobis as of the time of filing this report.
However, a message purportedly emanating from Ajimobi’s Twitter handle at 9:21 pm, on Thursday, read, “I am not dead. Stop this rumour mongering. Ajimobi is very much alive. The Constituted Authority is here for a lot more time. I will beat corona and be back on my feet soon.”
Ajimobi, 70, represented the Oyo state in the senate between 2003 and 2007. He was elected governor in 2011 and 2015.
He failed in his bid in 2019 to return to the senate and now he is now the deputy national chairman of the APC and the acting chairman, with Oshiomhole suspended by the court.