From Bisi Oladele, Yinka Adeniran and Segun Showunmi, Ibadan
There was a light drama on Sunday on the Oluyole, Ibadan house of the late Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi when Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan was denied entry to the eighth day fidau (prayers for the useless) within the household compound.
The household had introduced that the fidau can be personal, urging the general public to observe it by digital channels, together with Zoom, YouTube and Fb.
Olaniyan was mentioned to have gotten to the compound round 11:20 a.m in a convoy, however policemen and different safety brokers reportedly stopped him on the gate to the compound.
They have been mentioned to have insisted that solely the deputy governor’s automobile could possibly be allowed into the road to affix the prayer.
Olaniyan’s safety element initially rebuffed the concept, however following an argument, a senior policeman intervened and so they agreed that solely the deputy governor’s automobile ought to go in.
However at Ajimobi’s home, the deputy governor was reportedly disallowed from getting in.
He was instructed that the gate had been locked and that Mrs. Ajimobi was in possession of the important thing. Olaniyan reportedly waited for about 15 minutes and left when there was no response from the Ajimobi household.
Additionally, the late Ajimobi’s media aide, Mr Bolaji Tunji, has mentioned the household didn’t know Olaniyan would attend yesterday’s fidau for the late governor.
The state’s delegation, comprising Olaniyan, Head of Service (HoS) Amidat Agboola and Land Commissioner Abiodun Abdul-Raheem, had arrived the venue of the prayers however couldn’t enter the venue.
Tunji mentioned the household was not conscious that Olaniyan would attend the occasion, neither was there a previous arrival of the deputy governor’s advance protocol workforce to tell the household.
In a press release on Sunday in Ibadan, Tunji mentioned: “There may be the necessity to make clear the believed presence of Engineer Olaniyan on the eighth day prayer for Senator Ajimobi, the instant previous governor of Oyo State.
“The deputy governor arrived after the prayer had began; the occasion was strictly a household affair. “There was a must adjust to the COVID-19 protocols, as established by NCDC: social distancing, no more than 30 folks in a spot and seats organized, accordingly. After that, the gate was shut. Nobody was conscious that the deputy governor was coming as neither the advance workforce nor the protocol knowledgeable us.
“By the point we received to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. The whole lot occurred inside a spate of 10 minutes.
“By a serving senator and a former Legal professional Common, we tried to get in contact with him that it was to not slight him and he may sit in a non-public sitting room offered by the household. Sadly, he had left. We, nevertheless, apologise to his Excellency.”
However Olaniyan insisted the Ajimobi household was conscious he was on the gate of their compound to attend the fidau.
In a press release by his Senior Particular Assistant on Media, Omolere Omoetan, the deputy governor mentioned it was one other act of rebuffing fingers of fellowship being prolonged to the household of the late former governor by Governor Seyi Makinde.
“Once more, some members and aides of the previous Oyo State Governor Ajimobi proceed to rebuff the hand of fellowship prolonged to the household of the late governor by the federal government of Oyo State.”
The assertion relived how the deputy governor received to the venue with out being allowed into the prayer venue, saying: “Having waited for some time to see if the state of affairs would change to no avail, he proceeded to take his go away…
“Even when the deputy governor arrived when the prayers had began, it’s a well-known reality in Islam that when prayers are ongoing and a male walks in, it’s a sign that the prayers have obtained Allah’s acceptance.
“Nonetheless, Olaniyan needs to reiterate that the go to of the federal government delegation to the eighth day fidau of Senator Ajimobi was a transparent demonstration on the a part of Makinde that the late governor is held in excessive regard. He acknowledged that it was solely becoming for the state authorities to point out respect to the late governor on the fidau held in his honour.”
A well-liked Islamic cleric and preacher, Sheik Muyideen Ajani Bello, on Sunday described the late Ajimobi as a pacesetter whose kind comes solely as soon as in a era.
Bello spoke on the eighth day fidau for the previous governor.
He mentioned Ajimobi died a fulfilled man after attaining what God wished him to realize.
“When Senator Ajimobi entered Baitul-Atik throughout his pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, he requested God to let him see 70 years as a result of nobody in his lineage had seen it. He requested God to make him the primary governor to serve two phrases in Oyo State. He additionally requested God to grant him mercy to construct a befitting mosque for Him. God granted all his requests. He died a fulfilled man,” he mentioned.