Ajimobi: Family, Oyo govt clash over burial site of former Governor of Oyo

There seems to be a lingering cold war between the family of the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the Oyo State Government which was largely responsible for the delay in his burial, sources have revealed.

The late Ajimobi died in a Lagos hospital on Thursday after some complications arising from COVID-19.

According to Islamic injunction, the former governor was supposed to have been buried immediately or the next day after his demise.

However, it was gathered on Saturday that the late Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress was not buried three days after his death because conclusion had yet to be reached on his final resting place.


A reliable source close to the family alleged that the burial had been delayed due to some impediments by the state government to the burial plans by the family.

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Speaking in strict confidence with our correspondent, the source said, “The family of the late Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress had made plans for the burial the following day after the death of their patriarch. They had got in touch with the state government for necessary burial approval; they were however rebuffed.

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“The government official that the family got in touch with said they could not take action on the matter without approval from the governor, Seyi Makinde. The official also informed us that it has been difficult to pin down the governor for the approval.”

The source also disclosed that when the family eventually informed the governor of the burial plans in line with the laws of the land, “Makinde completely refused to oblige the family on their preferred choice of their father’s burial ground.


“Furthermore, it must also be said that Governor Makinde’s refusal comes after repeated pleas from top government officials and statesmen from federal and legislative arms of government.”

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The source further claimed that the governor had not called any member of the family either by phone or made physical contact.

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