By Bisi Oladele, Ibadan
Oyo Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has insisted the household of the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi was conscious of his presence on the gate of the residence opposite to its declare.
Olaniyan was denied entry to the Oluyole Property residence of the late Governor on Sunday through the eighth day fidau prayers for Abiola Ajimobi.
Although the household, on Saturday in a press release by Bolaji Tunji, who was the spokesman for the late governor, defined the fidau was going to be a personal affair, Oyo State Authorities took out newspaper pages to console with the household on Sunday.
The Deputy Governor was, nonetheless, denied entry to the constructing when he visited to affix the prayer. He waited for between 10 and 15 minutes on the gate earlier than leaving. He was informed that the important thing to the gate was with Mrs. Ajimobi, who was attending the fidau prayer held within the compound.
Tunji, in a press release, had denied that Olaniyan was intentionally denied entry as a result of the household was not conscious of his deliberate go to and arrival on the gate.
He added that that on making efforts to facilitate entry for him later, they found that he had left. The household supplied apologies for the incident.
However in a press release by his Senior Particular Assistant on Media, Omolere Omoetan, Olaniyan countered the reason that the household was unawares he was ready on the gate.
He mentioned it was one other act of rebuffing arms of fellowship being prolonged to the household of Ajimobi by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The assertion reads partially: “Once more, some members and aides of the previous Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi proceed to rebuff the hand of fellowship prolonged to the household of the late governor by the federal government of Oyo State led by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
“Right now on the eighth day Fidau Prayers of the previous Governor Oyo State Isaika Ajimobi, the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, was denied entry to the venue of the occasion.
“The Deputy Governor, who led the federal government delegation comprising himself and a few commissioners, on the approval of the governor, was stored ready on the gate for over 15 minutes. Even when safety males on the gate went in to inform them he was on the gate, no directive got here again to grant his Excellency entry.
“At a degree, the safety personnel in uniform and mufti on the gates turned very hostile and the ADC to the Deputy Governor was manhandled by males of the police pressure. It was at this level that the Deputy Governor determined to depart the scene that was changing into tense whereas ready in his automotive.
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“Having waited for some time to see if the scenario would change to no avail, he proceeded to take his go away.
“It ought to be famous that the Deputy Governor put a name via to Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Chairman of Oyo State Muslim Council, who was among the many officiating ministers, that he was on the gate and was being denied entrance. Alhaji Sanni responded that his arms had been tied. That is clear indication that what transpired was premeditated.
“There was no fact within the household saying they weren’t conscious that the state authorities delegation was on the gate as a result of Mr Bolaji Tunji was severally referred to as by males of Civil Defence on the gate.
“Even when the Deputy Governor arrived when the prayers had began, it’s a well-known truth in Islam that when prayers are on-going and a male walks in, it’s a sign that the prayers have acquired Allah’s acceptance.
“Nonetheless, Engr Raufu Olaniyan needs to re-iterate that the go to of the federal government delegation to the eighth day Fidau Prayers of His Excellency Senator Isaika Ajimobi was a transparent demonstration on the a part of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde, that the late governor is held in excessive regard. He said that it was solely becoming for the state authorities to indicate respect to the late governor on the Fidau prayers held in his honour.
“The Deputy Governor additionally needs to place it on file that regardless of the way in which he was handled by the Ajimobi household, which he refuses to carry private, he has displayed maturity as required of the general public workplace at this stage. He holds no grudges and he’ll proceed to hope that Allah grants the departed former Governor Al-Jana Firdaus.
“Engr. Raufu Olaniyan may even like to attract the eye of the Oyo state Commissioner of Police to the extremely unprofessional and unruly conduct of the police personnel on the premises.”