X-ray of Governor Ajimobi’s Stewardship

Everything that has a beginning, either smooth or rough, surely will have an end. In 2011, when Abiola Ajimobi was elected Governor of Oyo state and won an unprecedented second term in 2015, the journey seemed like forever. On the 29th of May 2019, he exits the governor’s office and relinquishes power to the successor. What will the eight years reign of Governor Ajimobi be remembered for? When sworn into office as Oyo State Governor on May 29, 2011, many people expected he was going to spend the routine one term in office as his predecessors did. Governor Abiola Ajimobi, however, broke the jinx in 2015, when he became the first Governor to be re-elected for a second term consecutively, which gave birth to the ‘koseleri‘ slang. Perhaps, encouraging feats achieved during his first four years paved way for an unprecedented second term. One major feature of Ajimobi’s first term, which still lingers in the memory of residents of Oyo state, was the prohibition of street trading across the state. Other noticeable achievements of Governor Ajimobi first term in office included, construction of the Mokola over head bridge, neighborhood markets, constitution of State Joint Task-force code named Operation Burst’, procurement of free Ajumose shuttle buses for civil servants, road networking, construction and dualization, as well as, employment of twenty thousand youths under the Youth Empowerment Scheme Oyo State popularly called YES-O. The second term of Governor Ajimobi has been characterized by unprecedented crises amidst several achievements also worthy of mention. The allegations that the Governor was planning to sell public secondary schools which later gave birth to the school governing board and the installation and crowning of new Monarchs in Ibadan land led to unrest amongst the ruling class for a while in the state. However, at several fora, Governor Abiola Ajimobi had affirmed that his administration had done better than previous administrations in the state.

The views of some residents of the state were sought on the eight years tenure of Governor Ajimobi.

To the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the eight years reign of

Governor Ajimobi had been a blessing to Oyo state, especially in terms
of infrastructure development.

However, there are some notable projects embarked upon by the Ajimobi
led administration which have been either abandoned or still under

Few of them include the proposed free trade zone, industrial parks,
circular road, AgriOyo initiative and the ten thousand tonnes silo

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun
spoke on some of the legacies Governor Ajimobi would be remembered for

One aspect of the Ajimobi led administration that would likely be missed by many is the numerous jokes the Governor usually injected into his speeches at public functions some of which are, Constituted Authority, Koseleri, ”I am older than you”.

Governor Isiak Abiola Ajimobi, the twenty seventh Governor of the
state, would be handing over the mantle of leadership to Engineer
Oluseyi Makinde, who would be at the helms of affairs of the state for
the next four years.

Olukayode Banjo

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