The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has died at age 70 after battling Coronavirus-related symptoms for a month.
He was born on December 16, 1949 in Oja-Iba, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The former Governor was hospitalised at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos on June 2, 2020.
Ajimobi’s wife, Florence, had earlier been hospitalised with her husband. She was, however, discharged.
He was said to be managing the illness at home before the situation worsened and he had to go to a hospital.
Like other VIPs, he was said to have ”opted for private treatment rather than a public facility after his condition worsened.”
He was said to have tested negative for Covid-19 but the illness had caused his health to deteriorate.
A source close to the family said ”the former Governor had diabetes and other ailments.”
The late Ajimobi, who was Governor from 2011 to 2019, was named the Acting National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress last week but never resumed.
He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan and completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. He was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the games prefect during his secondary school days.
Ajimobi studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York, United States of America, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He had his MBA in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.
He married Florence Ajimobi in 1980 and they have five children. His first daughter Abisola Kola-Daisi is an entrepreneur and founder of Florence H Luxury.
In 2003, the late Ajimobi became a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria. He was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority leader of the Senate. In 2007, He contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.
He contested for a second term in April 11, 2015 under the All Progressive Congress for re-election against two of his predecessors in office, Christopher Alao Akala and Rashidi Ladoja. In the event of his re-election into office as the Governor, Ajimobi is the first person to occupy the seat twice and as well in succession.
The late Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018.
On June 17, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Ajimobi as the acting national chairman of the party.