A war of words has developed between the family of the late governor of Oyo State Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi and the Oyo State chapter of the PDP over the family’s disrespect of the Deputy governor of Oyo State by the family during the eighth day burial of Ajimobi.
In its reaction to the incident, Bolaji Tunji, Spokesperson for the late Ajimobi, wrote:
“There is the need to clarify the believed presence of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan at the 8th day prayer of HE Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past Governor of Oyo State.
” The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started.The event was strictly a family affair.
” There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC- Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly. After which the gate was shut.
” No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.
” By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a spate of 10mins.
“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with him 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.”
But the state PDP would have none of it. In a statement signed by its publicity secretary Akeem Olatunji, the party said:
” To the unsuspecting members of the public, kindly disregard APC Media Team Press Release in its entirety, it wasn’t a private family affair because Otunba Alao Adebayo Akala and many others were there and the family were well informed in advance that the Deputy Governor would be leading the Government delegation to the event.
“It was reported that the security personnels at the gate informed the Government delegation that there was an order from Madam not to allow the Government delegation into the venue.
” Kudos to His Excellency Engr Rauf Olaniyan for displaying high level of maturity and Omoluabi ethos that he and His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde are known for.
” The more the Governor try to extend hands of friendship the more they rebuff his good gesture.”