The spokesperson to the late Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, has clarified that Ajimobi’s family was not aware that the State Deputy Governor was going to attend the Fidau prayers, as neither the advanced team nor the protocol of the Deputy Governor informed them.
According to a statement by the Spokesperson: “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. The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started. The event was strictly a family affair.”
While apologising for the denied access, Mr Tunji noted that: “No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us;” adding that: “By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left.”
The statement added that: “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,”
It would be recalled that the State Government delegation led by Engr. Raufu Olaniyan; including the State Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola; Commissioner for Lands, Barrister Abiodun Abdul-Raheem and Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barrister Seun Ashamu, were reported turned back from entering the Oluyole residence of late former Senator Abiola Ajimobi, venue of the 8th day Fidau prayer for the deceased on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
It was reported that Security details attached to the venue resisted efforts to enter the venue of Ajimobi’s Fidau, as they almost engaged in open confrontation with Security Details attached to the State Deputy Governor.