Senate asks Buhari to rename Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi

Senate asks Buhari to rename Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi

- Senate has urged President Buhari to rename Ibadan Airport after Abiola Ajimobi

- Ajimobi, who was a governor of Oyo state for eight years, died on June 25

- The motion was made on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, July 7, by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai, who represents Oyo North

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Barely two weeks after his demise, the Senate on Tuesday, July 7, urged the federal government to rename Ibadan Airport after the late former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, who died on June 25.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Ajimobi was a principal officer in the Senate where he served as a minority leader between 2003 and 2007. gathered that the resolution of the Senate followed a motion by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai representing Oyo North.

Senate asks Buhari to rename Ibadan airport after Ajimobi
Members of the Senate urges President Muhammadu Buhari to rename Ibadan Airport after Abiola Ajimobi. Credit: Twitter/Senate.
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He described the deceased as a jinx breaker for returning for the second time as a governor, which was the first time in the political history of Oyo state that a serving governor got a second term.

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The Senate also resolved that a high powered delegation would be constituted to visit the family to commiserate with them and the people of Oyo state for the loss of the former governor who served his state for eight years.

The upper chamber in its resolution on the motion also paid its last respect to the late Senator Ajimobi as it observed a minute silence for the former minority leader of the Senate.

Ajimobi was appointed acting chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) amid its crisis that was finally resolved by the dissolution of the NWC by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

Supporting the motion, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central) APC, said the late senator Ajimobi was a hardworking governor and lover of his people.

He recalled that he was a man of peace and full of humour as he usually would keep all in his company laughing with jokes and banters.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the rift between the Oyo state government led by Seyi Makinde and his predecessor, Ajimobi resulted in a drama at a prayer event for the deceased on Sunday, July 5.

It was reported that the deputy governor of the state, Rauf Olaniyan, was denied entry into the venue of the 8th-day fidau for Ajimobi.

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.

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