The death of the former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, on Thursday, June 25, has been described as a great loss to Nigeria, especially the people of the pacesetter state and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng reports that the former senator and deputy national chairman (south) of the APC breathed his last on Thursday, June 25, after a serious battle with the novel coronavirus.
Ajimobi was nicknamed "Koseleri" (something that never happened) in Oyo state politics because of the fact that he was the only governor to have served two consecutive terms in office since the creation of the state.
Legit.ng hereby gives 8 key facts about the late Abiola Ajimobi:
1. The late former senator Abiola Ajimobi was born on December 16, 1949, at Oja-Iba area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
2. He started his education at Saint Patrick primary school, Oke-Padre in Ibadan and completed his primary education at Ibadan city council primary school, Aperin.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Ajimobi 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.
6. In 2003, 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.
7. In 2007, he contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and won.
8. He contested for a second term on April 11, 2015, under the All Progressive Congress (APC) for re-election against two of his predecessors in office, Christopher Alao Akala and Rashidi Adewolu 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.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that after battling coronavirus-related symptoms for a month, Ajimobi, finally breathed his last at age of 70.
It was reported that the former governor was hospitalised at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos on June 2, but he never recovered from the pandemic.
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