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Oyo Deputy Governor “Bounced” at Ajimobi’s 8th Day Fidau Prayers

…Ajimobi family clarifies situation

A delegation of Oyo State Government led by the deputy governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan were turned back from entering the Oluyole residence of late former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, venue of the 8th day Fidau prayer for the deceased.

Reports say security details attached to the venue resisted efforts of the delegation in entering the venue of Ajimobi’s Fidau, as they almost engaged in open confrontation with security details attached to the Oyo deputy governor.

Engineer Olaniyan was said to have left after making frantic calls to people believed to be close to the family.

Also on the delegation were the Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola and Commissioner for Lands, Barrister Abiodun Abdul-Raheem.

In a swift reaction, the spokesperson to late Governor Abiola Ajimobi; Mr. Bolaji Tunji, has clarified that Ajimobi’s family was not aware the Oyo deputy governor was going to attend the Fidau prayers, as neither the advanced team nor the protocol of the deputy governor informed them.

Mr Tunji in a statement said the Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started and that the event which was strictly a family affair was held in compliance with COVID-19 social distancing protocols with not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly.

“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with the Deputy Governor that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left. We however apologise to his Excellency,” the statement said.

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