Former Oyo State Governor, Senator Ajibola Ajimobi was laid to rest Sunday at his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital about 10:05 am still in controversy.
Senator Ajimobi was buried in a private ceremony inside his Alaafin Avenue home at Oluyole Estate in Ibadan which was a contravention of Oyo State laws.
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. The man widely referred to as The CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY broke that rule. He was truly Mr. KO SELE RI (It has never happened) because no one has ever been allowed to be buried in any of the major Government Estates.
Incumbent Governor, Seyi Makinde admitted this when the controversies busted out that the Oyo State Government was responsible for the shifting of the burial of a Muslim faithful from Friday to Sunday.
Even at that, his wife, Florence blasted a delegation of the Oyo State Government led by the Deputy Governor that they could not at least send a text message to her while her husband was hospitalized stressing, “We shall all die one day”.
A statement from the Governor’s office said, “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.
“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.
“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.
Several admirers of the late former Governor were hanging out at the Ajimobi Central Mosque in Oke-Ado where they thought he would be buried after prayers but while they were waiting Senator Ajimobi was buried at his Oluyole private residence which was said to have been built 40 years ago amidst tight security.
About 20 people including his wife, Florence and his five children, their spouses and some Muslim Clerics were at the grave side.
It was learnt from a close family associate that the alteration in plan was to avoid a violation of the social distancing law of Covid -19.
Prayers were later offered for the repose of his soul at the Ajimobi Central Mosque in Oke-Ado.
The lawmaker died of complications from COVID-19 on June the 25th, at a private hospital in Lagos.
He is survived by his wife Florence and five children.
The late Senator Ajimobi died last Thursday of multiple organ failure following complications from COVID-19 at First Cardiologist Consultant, Hospital in Lagos. He was 70 years.
The burial was initially scheduled for Friday, but according to Bolaji Tunji, special assistant on media to the former governor, the event was postponed following consultations with the governments of Lagos and Oyo.