- Oyo deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan, is reportedly barred from accessing the venue of the eighth-day prayer for late Abiola Ajimobi
- Olaniyan reportedly waited at the locked gate to the venue of the prayer for 15 minutes before returning when it was not opened
- Ajimobi' s family claims that the deputy governor was not invited and that he left the venue before they could come out
The rift between the Oyo state government led by Seyi Makinde and his predecessor, late Abiola Ajimobi resulted in a drama at a prayer event for the latter on Sunday, July 5.
The Nation reports that the deputy governor of the state, Rauf Olaniyan, was denied entry into the venue of the 8th day fidau for Ajimobi.
The event is said to be ongoing at the Oluyole area of Ibadan.
It was learnt that the family of the deceased had planned for a private event and urged people of the state to watch it virtually.
It was learnt that immediately he arrived at the event ground, the deputy governor' s convoy was blocked by policemen who prevented him from entry.
It was further reported that the security agents later insisted that only the deputy governor should be allowed in.
The report said Olaniyan' s security details earlier rebuffed the idea, but when their argument was degenerating, a senior policeman intervened and they eventually agreed that only the deputy governor’s vehicle should go in.
Again, getting to the venue of the event, the gate was locked.
Even when he was introduced, he was told the entrance was locked and that the former first lady, wife of Ajimobi, was in charge of the keys.
The governor left the venue of the event 15 minutes later when it became obvious that he was not welcome.
The Nigerian Tribune, however, quoted Bolaji Tunji, spokesperson for Ajimobi, as saying the family was not aware the deputy governor would attend the event.
He said the event was a strict family affair giving the impression that the deputy governor was not invited.
He added that when they got wind of his arrival, the family decided to create a space at a private sitting room, but by the time they returned, the deputy governor had left the venue.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ajimobi died after battling coronavirus-related symptoms for a month.
He passed on at the age of 70.
Legit.ng further 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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