Bolaji Tunji, spokesman to the late Abiola Ajimobi, ex-governor of Oyo state, says the deceased had deliberate to retire from politics after finishing his eight-year tenure as governor.
Ajimobi died of problems of COVID-19 on Thursday.
After his second time period as governor, Ajimobi had contested the Oyo south senatorial election however misplaced to Muhammed Kola-Balogun, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP).
In a tribute on Fb, Tunji stated the late Ajimobi informed his workers that he didn’t wish to take up any political appointment after the overall election however was satisfied to just accept his appointment because the deputy nationwide chairman (south) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“He by no means wished anything after the overall election. He solely wished to take an extended, due relaxation after serving for eight years with out break. However one other place was thrust on him,” Tunji stated.
“He by no means solicited for us and he didn’t need. However they satisfied him to just accept. I do know as a result of in his typical forthrightness, he narrated the way it occurred. He took the positions as a result of he felt it might profit his individuals. ‘ I’ve performed my bit. There’s nothing I got down to obtain that I didn’t, I can’t be governor once more, however I cannot depart you individuals’ he would say.”
Narrating occasions that occurred earlier than he contracted the illness, the spokesman stated Ajimobi was known as to Abuja to debate get together points amid the APC disaster.
He stated the late governor, in his typical method, had taken care of every part earlier than he travelled to Abuja and solely went together with his safety aide.
“It was similar to yesterday. He had acquired a name to come back to Abuja. It was to debate get together issues. He was undecided of who would observe him. As a result of it was a personal flight, he had restricted choices. He solely went together with his safety aide,” Tunji stated.
“He had informed us earlier in our workplace in his Oluyole residence that we might speak concerning the motion to Abuja since he had grow to be the Deputy Nationwide Chairman. Our workplace needed to shift to Abuja.
“He was in his typical caftan and cap, all the time impeccably dressed even at residence besides when he does his train each morning in his blue observe down and blue stripe Tee-shirt and branded cap. Along with his earpiece and telephone in hand, he would stroll around the constructing a number of instances to train.
“He radiated good well being and we nonetheless marvelled that he nonetheless regarded so good for his 70 years. Being 70 meant quite a bit to him and would jokingly name himself Baba 70. As he left our wing of the home to the opposite facet, a couple of of us in our typical method trailed him. He spoke with a couple of individuals within the courtyard earlier than he left to arrange for that journey. I by no means knew it was going to be the final time I might see him.
“However in his typical organised method, there was no pending subject. He had taken care of every part. He had signed all of the letters of appointment for the peace and reconciliation committee.”
The spokesman stated how the deceased contracted the illness remained a thriller as a result of he all the time adhered to security protocol.
“I nonetheless can’t wrap my head spherical what occurred. He was so wholesome, he was neat, he took all the mandatory precautions even whereas he sat with us in our open workplace he was all the time together with his face masks, we all the time observe social distancing. We have been all the time fast to offer him palms sanitizer anytime he touched one thing,” he stated.
“We have been aware of his age and did all we may to make sure security. We had three spots the place you needed to wash palms earlier than getting into the premises. One at every of the principle entrance gates and one other by the doorway to our workplace. We noticed all due protocols. So what occurred? How did it occur? None of us was sick. So the place did this come from? I’m nonetheless looking for solutions.”