Mourners storm former Governor Ajimobi’s Oluyole residence

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The sombre look of the Oluyole, Ibadan residence of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday betrayed every form of secrecy that earlier beclouded the news of the death of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwart.

Early callers who stormed the Oluyole residence mostly included female party loyalists who said they could not withstand the rumour but had to come around to confirm for themselves.

The list of the mourners includes: former Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Isaac Omodewu; Chairman, Ibadan Southwest Local Government, Mr Bolaji Adeleke and members of the Women Wing of the APC.

While security men attached to the residence could not hide their pain in their looks, the women also freely betrayed their emotions by crying and screaming at the top of their voices, as some of the mourners recounted how the deceased Governor had impacted their lives.

A security patrol van from the Oluyole Division of the Oyo State Police Command was also stationed at the T-Junction leading to the street.

A mild drama earlier played out when a photojournalist of the Ibadan-based Parrot Extra Magazine was mistaken for a robber when he attempted to snap some photographs of the mourners at the scene while on a speedy motorcycle.

The intervention of some known political figures and other journalists at the 6th, Avenue, Yemoja Street, Oluyole Estate residence of the late former Governor saved the journalist from being harassed.

A top government source, when contacted to confirm the news, said ”the government had not been contacted on the death of the former Governor.”

He promised that the State Government would officially announce the death as soon as it is contacted by the family members.

Another source said that the deceased Governor may be buried on Friday but could not give further details on the burial.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere

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