UPDATED: Family, media aide say former governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi not dead but recovering really well from COVID-19

Former governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi is not dead as reports emanating from Nigeria indicated on Thursday, but he’s recovering from COVID-19, his family and a media aide said.

“Thank you for all the messages but our father is still alive, alhamdulillah. When it is our time we will all die so wait first…,”she Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi tweeted.

The media aide Bolaji Tunji said a widely reported news story of his passing, first by Nigerian news media, and by many others around the world, was not true.

Tunji was quoted by Nigerian news sites as saying that his boss was still alive, and “recuperating”. He said Ajimobi was sick after testing positive for COVID-19 but was getting better.

Ajimobi’s daughter also tweeted that her father was alive.

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi was born on December 16, 1949, to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan, in Oyo state.

He was formerly the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria.

He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years, and 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 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party but lost. He re-contested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a close vote.

This story will be updated. But for now, we extend our apologies to the Ajimobi’s family.

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