The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has died at age 70 after battling the deadly coronovirus for weeks.
The news was confirmed by federal lawmaker and political associate of Ajimobi’s, Akin Alabi. Alabi made the announcement on Thursday, he expressed his shock at the death of the former governor.
Ajimobi, who was governor from 2011 to 2019, was named the Acting National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress after the suspension of former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole. However, Ajimobi was unable to take on the position as he was hospitalized and in critical condition.
Mr Ajimobi passed away at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos on June 25, 2020, where he had been hospitalized since early June. He had been battling COVID-19 related complications. News of his death came a week after false rumors of his passing went viral, until his family confirmed he was alive and battling the virus. Ajimobi was 70 years old.
Mr Ajimobi was a senator from 2003 to 2007. After unsuccessful attempts, he was ultimately elected governor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, becoming the first Oyo State governor to serve two terms.
It was reported Ajimobi’s wife, Florence, had been admitted with her husband however, she was discharged.He is survived by his wife and children.