Today, reports emerged that Abiola Ajimobi died after contracting the novel coronavirus that has been shaking the world.
Towards the end of last week, some wrong reports had emerged claiming he was dead. However, his media aide debunked the reports by revealing he was still alive.
Nevertheless, it remained clear that his health had deteriorated.
Here are eight interesting facts you should know about the late Senator
1. He was supposed to resume as the APC National chairman before slipping into a coma
According to The PUNCH, Ajimobi, who was the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, was hospitalised since June 2, 2020.
During his period in hospital, Oshiomhole was suspended as APC National Chairman.
On June 17, The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Ajimobi as the acting national chairman of the party.
However, he slipped into a coma shortly after, which scuppered that opportunity.
2. A long line of politicians
The late politician descended from a long line of politicians. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan).
His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region.
His father, Pa Ajimobi, on the other hand, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western Region.
3. He was a former senator and former governor
Ajimobi served as a Nigerian senator before going on to become the governor of Oyo State.
He was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 Oyo state governorship election under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party and lost. Then he recontested in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State.
4. Ajimobi is survived by five children and one wife
In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children together. His first daughter and arguably most popular among his children is Abisola Kola-Daisi Abisola is the founder of “The Luxury Lifestyle Market.” She is also the CEO of “AKD Lifestyle”.
5. He was 70 years old
Ajimobi was born on the 16th of December 1949 in Oja-Iba Ibadan, Oyo State to the family of Pa Ajimobi.
He celebrated his 70th birthday last year December, with some of the prominent faces in Nigerian politics in attendance.
6. Failed reelection bid into the senate
Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018. However, he lost the Oyo South senatorial district seat to the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Kola Balogun.
7. Ajimobi died from COVID-19 at the same hospital Abba Kyari died
Coronavirus has now killed several prominent persons in Nigeria including Abba Kyari, who was the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
Incidentally, Abba Kyari was also treated at the same First Cardiology Hospital, Lagos until he died.
8. Was a sportsperson during his school days
Ajimobi started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He then went on to complete his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin.
His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School.
During his days in secondary school, he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football. Moreover, he served as his school’s games prefect.