The family of the late former governor of Oyo state, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has explained why the Deputy Governor of the State, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, could not gain entrance for the 8th day Fidau prayer for the late politician on Sunday.
Engr Olaniyan was denied entrance by security officials when he arrived for the Fidau prayer for the late former governor at his Oluyole residence on Sunday morning.
The gate into the residence, the venue of the event, had been shut by the time the deputy governor arrived.
Reacting to the incident, the spokesperson to the late former governor, Bolaji Tunji, in a statement, explained that the family was not aware that the deputy governor would be attending the event, adding that his advance team and the protocol did not send information about the deputy governor’s presence.
Mr Tunji said the deputy governor arrived after the prayer, which was strictly a family affair, had started stressing that the gate had been shut to maintain social distancing by not having more than 30 people in a place.
“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 informed 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 10mins.
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,” he said.
Controversy trailed the demise of the former governor as the fomer First Lady, Mrs Florence Ajimobi accused Oyo State Government of playing politics with the death of her husband.