- Oyo deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has opened up after he was barred from entering the venue of Ajimobi's eighth-day prayer
- Olaniyan explained that the family of the late Oyo state governor was aware he was at the gate
- Recall that the spokesperson for Ajimobi said the family was not aware the deputy governor would be attending the event
In a report by The Cable, the deputy governor of the Oyo state, Rauf Olaniyan, said that the family of the late Oyo state governor was aware of his presence at the gate during the eighth-day Fidau prayer for late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Recall that Bolaji Tunji, a spokesperson for Ajimobi, explained that the family was not aware the deputy governor would be attending the event after he was denied entry into the Oluyole home of the former governor, where the fidau prayer was held.
However, Olaniyan in a statement issued by Omolere Omoetan his senior special assistant on media, on Sunday, July 5, said it wasn't true that the family wasn't aware he was at the gate, adding that their decision appeared premeditated.
Olaniyan had led a government delegation comprising of himself and some commissioners, on the approval of the governor, Seyi Makinde, to attend the prayers for the deceased.
He added that there was no truth in what the family said because Civil Defence operatives at the gate called Ajimobi's spokesperson severally.
Omoetan went on to note that the Oyo deputy governor finally left the premises after his aide-de-camp (ADC) was manhandled by policemen present as the situation was getting tense.
It was learnt that the deputy governor called one of the officiating ministers, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, the chairman of Oyo State Muslim Council. Olaniyan explained to the chairman that he was at the gate and was denied entry.
Alhaji Sanni on his part noted that his hands were tied which gave the deputy governor a clear indication that the family's decision was premeditated.
The Oyo state deputy governor said that despite the treatment he received from the Ajimobi family, he refuses to hold a personal grudge and will continue to pray for the late politician.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 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 deputy governor of the Oyo state was denied entry into the venue of the 8th-day fidau for Ajimobi. 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.
According to the report, 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.
Similarly, the wife of the late former governor, Florence Ajimobi had a heated argument with the deputy governor of the state over the death of her husband.
A video clip published by Nigerian Tribune shows the duo engaged in an open exchange of words on Sunday, June 28. The newspaper explained that the argument took place during the visit of some governors to commiserate with her and the Ajimobi family.
In the video, Mrs Ajimobi is seen complaining that the Oyo state government had not commiserated with the family on the death of her husband.
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