The Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, was a shadow of itself on Friday as members of staff who had reported for duty were seen wearing gloomy looks, apparently owing to the death of the immediate past Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
Some of the ministries visited had members of staff expressing shock at the news of the death of the former Governor with many of them seen in clusters of twos and threes expressing condolences to one another.
Ajimobi, whose death was announced in the State on Thursday, was the only one to serve two terms as Executive Governor of the state. He served between 2011-2018.
As a sign of honour for the deceased, the state Governor, Seyi Makinde had directed that the flags at the Governor’s Office and the Government House be flown at half mast while a condolence register was also opened for mourners to express themselves on the person of the ex-Governor.
The directive of the Governor to fly the State flag at half mast, was not only obeyed, a brand new flag was also hoisted early on Friday morning.
While some individuals who filled the condolence register wrote glowing remarks about the attributes of the immediate past Governor, others expressed shock at what they described as the sudden death of the All Progressive Congress (APC) leader.
Some of those who condoned with the State by filling the register included the State Publicity Secretary of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Akeem Olatunji.
Olatunji wrote, “May your soul rest in perfect peace. We at the Oyo State PDP are saddened by your death.”
Writing on behalf of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Dr Idowu Adewumi said, “It’s quite unfortunate that Oyo State lost a legend at this point. I pray that the Almighty God in His infinite mercies grant Senator Abiola Ajimobi eternal rest. Rest on.”
The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Disabilities, Mr Adekambi Ayodele, also signed the condolence register.
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