Police stops Oyo D-Gov, Commissioners from Attending Ajimobi’s Fidau

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A delegation of Oyo State government led by Governor Seyi Makinde’s deputy governor, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, Alhaja Amidat Agboola, head of service; Barristers Abiodun Abdul-Raheem, commissioners for land were reportedly turned back from entering the Oluyole residence of late former governor Abiola Ajimobi, venue of the 8th day Fidau prayer for the deceased on Sunday.

Accusations and confrontations had ensued between Ajimobi’s widow and the state deputy governor, over the handling of the burial of the former governor.

Security details attached to the venue were said to have resisted efforts to enter the venue, as they almost engaged in open confrontation with security details attached to Olaniyan.

It was gathered that Olaniyan left the venue entrance after making frantic calls to people believed to be close to the family.

Reacting to the development, the late former Governor’s spokesperson, Bolaji Tunji however said that the prayer was a family affair.

Mr. Tunji in a statement made available to journalists said the deputy governor arrived at the venue after the prayer had started.

Mr Tunji, who apologised to Mr Olaniyan, also said that no one was aware that he was coming to the prayer.

“There is the need to clarify the believed presence of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan at the 8th day prayer of HE Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past Governor of Oyo State.”

“The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started.The event was strictly a family affair.”

“There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC- Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly. After which the gate was shut.”

“No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.

“By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a spate of 10mins.”

“Through a serving senator and a former attorney-general, we tried to get in touch with him that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left. We, however, apologise to his Excellency.” he added.