OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
Bolaji Tunji issued a statement on behalf of the family, media aide of the ex-governor, said the prayer was strictly a family affair.
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 personnel at the gate informed the Government delegation that there was an order from Madam not to allow the Government delegation into the venue.
“The more the Governor try to extend hands of friendship the more they rebuff his good gesture.”
When the deputy governor led a delegation of the state government to the Oluyole, Ibadan residence of Ajimobi last week, the widow of the former governor accused Olaniyan and Seyi Makinde, the governor, of playing politics with her husband’s death.
She had said neither him nor the governor placed calls across to her when Ajimobi was sick.
Olaniyan had responded that his calls were unanswered but Ajimobi’s wife was not still satisfied, saying he ought to have sent a text message.
Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, were among those who intervened at the time.
Ajimobi, who died of COVID-19 complications, was buried last week.
CMM had reported how Olaniyan was prevented from attending the 8th day Islamic prayer organised for him.
In a statement, Akeem Olatunji, spokesman of the PDP in Oyo, said the deputy governor’s aides reached Ajimobi’s family ahead of the Fidau prayer.
He also faulted the explanation that it was strictly a family affair, saying Alao Akala, a former governor of Oyo, attended the Fidau.
“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,” the statement read.
The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started and 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 inform 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 10 mins.
“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 Oyo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed the explanation of Tunji.
The deputy governor had left the Oluyole residence of Ajimobi in Ibadan after being stranded for close to 20 minutes.