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Oyo Council Bosses Pay ‘victory visit’ To Ajimobi’s Wife

It was a gathering of song and thanksgiving yesterday, May 16, 2021 when APC erstwhile Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State paid a thank you and ‘victory visit’ to the wife of the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, Florence at the politician’s Oluyole home in Ibadan.

The reason behind the visit is the 7th of May declaration by the Supreme Court overturning Governor Makinde’s sack of the Local Government chairmen and ruling that the Governor should pay all their salaries and allowance in full for the two years in which they were forced to leave office.

The APC council chiefs interpreted the judgment as a victory for their party and their late leader as they trooped to his house to pay his wife a courtesy visit and thank her for her support throughout the period.

Mrs Florence Ajimobi welcomed the council chiefs. The widow, clad in black attires made reference to her husband’s plans for the future of the people of Oyo State and broke into a song, danced and merried with the politicians.

One of the council bosses revealed to papermacheonline that the judgment was a relief and a pointer tot the fact that the APC in Oyo State is still relevant.

‘I Am The Only Lawyer That Removed Four PDP Governors In Nigeria’ -Chief Niyi Akintola

-Remi Ajayi
 
 
Chief Niyi Akintola is not a greenhorn in Nigerian politics, he had seen it all while working with Chief Bola Ige and other Progressives to mould the future of Nigeria.  
 
He was a member of the House of Assembly at age 29 and he rose to the peak of his career when he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and one of the best in the wig and gown profession.
 
The politician was a guest of Southwest Group of Online Practitioners (SWEGOP) in Ibadan recently and he fielded questions on the aftermath of the last elections, his commitment to the APC and his future plans…
 
 
 
Right After The APC Primaries In Oyo State, There was A Particular Write-up From You Where You Described The Immediate Past Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. What Went Through Your Mind When You Wrote That?
I said Uncle Biola Ajimobi was my brother, he was my brother in every sense of the word. We’ve come a long way and it was rather unfortunate that what happened really happened. Most of the people that claimed to know him today never knew where we were coming from. I remembered when I built a hospital for my community in 2006, Asiwaju Tinubu came down to lay the foundation of the proposed Teaching Hospital.  All the progressive governors were there that day, including those who were aspiring to be governors,  Adams Oshiomole, Chris Ngige, Fayemi, they were all present. Nobody has ever thought of having a cottage hospital anywhere in this country before then. Ajimobi was there that day too and he wasn’t a governor then.  Asiwaju that day said I should get ready to be the governor of Oyo State. I said I still have an elder and I pointed at Uncle Biola Ajimobi and said, these are my egbons, let them do first.
  I had the opportunity of stealing the show that day, but I didn’t. I took Ajimobi to Asiwaju Tinubu, this is what everybody knows. I took him there because they had fallen out and he was living in my house in Ikeja. I was on exile for 14 months, I was staying in the hotels and he was living in my house. When I had my own house in Omole all of them were coming there, including Chief Ladoja, Uncle Biola Ajimobi, Senator Amosun, Aregbesola, Fayemi…my place was the meeting point when we plotted against the PDP, and that was why it was easier for me to be the only lawyer that removed four PDP Governors in this country.
Ajimobi was actually staying in my house in Ikeja, in fact himself and Chief Ladoja were staying in my guest room. He was my brother and we knew each other far more than what I can tell you. Most of the people around him never knew him, they were just opportunists.
The write up was actually an interaction with a friend and compatriot from Ibadan who is a medical doctor. He put a call to me, I didn’t pick, so he messaged me on whatsapp to inform me about the loss of election by Ajimobi . I don’t dance on the grave of defeat of my adversaries, by my own assessment, I believe he would have been a better Senator, even he had his faults which I enumerated. it was Wole Arisekola that later called me from Dublin and said they’ve made 5000 copies of the write up to Ibadan indigenes in Dublin. That was it, I never knew it would go viral. The truth of the matter remains that I knew this man more than the people claiming to know him. They knew nothing about him, I knew him, we plotted many things together and like every human beings he had his faults and virtues, but he was the best. In terms of intellectual, he was articulate, he had class but unfortunately he lacked native intelligence. The write up wasn’t meant for public consumption, it was meant to be a chat between me and a friend who threw it out to the public. I’m not flippant, I choose my words.
After the primaries, you claimed you would quit partisan politics. But judging from recent activities, it seems you are coming back. Are you contesting again in 2023?
In the heat of the moment I felt betrayed and cheated and I knew what was going to be the implication for our party. Some of our compatriots don’t read and that has become the bane of our politics. If people read and look at the past… I saw myself in the same position  Chief Bola Ige found himself in 1998. Chief Bola Ige had been with the progressives since the 50’s . He anchored the Pan-Yoruba congress and we took a decision that the Yorubas should participate in the government. Bola Ige was in the thick of all these on behalf of the Yorubas. Suddenly some people just brought Chief Olu Falae and asked Chief Bola Ige to come and sit with Falae and he refused.  I’m an Ige boy and I’m proud to be. I was the one that asked him not to attend, it was outrageous. So my case was similar, and i looked at myself, with all the things I’ve done for these people , a lot of them were beneficiaries of my effort. I was the first in this country to remove a sitting governor and I was also the first to return an impeached governor. I had to go on exile because of these people and for somebody that joined our party in April to get the ticket in August, like Chief Bola Ige would say,  ‘do you expect me to start clapping?’.
 I don’t know why people don’t subject issues to perusal analysis again, no sense of value, no serious thinking, how did Yoruba degenerate to this level that we now tie everything to money? We have sense of value and concept called Omoluabi.
 I remembered in 1998 that Omisore financed the AD and we didn’t because of that throw the ticket at him.  See how he has been very useful to us the progressives of recent with what happened in Osun State. I was the one charged with the task of removing him as Deputy Governor. I went to Osogbo to remove him. How would you feel if you are in my shoes? I felt the way Chief Bola Ige felt. Just look at the conglomerate of the aspirants. We have a concept in Yorubaland called Omoluabi. One of the first lessons you learn in politics is to know your limitations.
 Some people, the only qualification they have is because they are from Ibadan. I didn’t just get up from the blues, I paid my dues, I went through the mills and that was why we are at this stage of quagmire because we have mixed it up. We’ve mixed the wheat with the chaff.
 Ordinarily the people our leaders would never sit with. Bola Ige would never sit with some people not to talk of them coming out to say they want to become Governor.
 I remembered in 1998, myself and Uncle Yemi Farounbi and Chief Tunde Adeniran, we were the foot soldiers of Uncle Bola Ige , we followed him to Abuja after the emergence of the aborted PDP . We actually wrote the constitutions of the PDP. Chief Bola Ige was the Chairman, I was an errand boy to him in that process and we produced the constitution, but when things could not work, we pulled out. We were to join another party called APP, but when we got there and saw Baba Adedibu and Governor Akala on the high table we walked out. But these days we sit with all sort of people, all sort of charlatans. People our leaders will not touch with a long pole. no more principles, no more value, everything is now about money. But there are some of us who still hold tenaciously to these principles.
So are you contesting again in 2023?
By the grace of God.
State of lawlessness in Nigeria and Oyo state has increased. What’s the cause and how can it be handled?
The issue of security is tied to social problems. If you subject the challenges facing this country to simple analysis, you’ll see that they are tied to our nonchalant attitude to the socio economic and political development in the country, the issue of crime is also tied to that.
 When we were growing up in the 70’s, we hardly find a Yoruba man begging on the street. In fact the Yorubas had this concept then, that when you are giving him free things they will start suspecting you. But they brought feudalism into our system.  Awolowo fought all his life against feudalism. he would tell you that its better to teach you how to fish than to give you fish. Have you ever read in the history where Chief Bola Ige was giving people rice, giving them garri? Our lives had degenerated to that level. They now call it stomach infrastructure which is another name for feudalism. The man who controls what you eat has taken all from you, and the moment that happens to you, it means the man has died in you, and when the man dies in you, you lose everything.
 As an 11 year old boy I couldn’t proceed to Secondary School, I had to go and do what they call ‘birisope’, there’s a house around Odo Ona there I was part of the people that lifted sand and stones to build it. I would trek from there everyday to my grandmother’s house at Foko, that’s what they call dignity of labour. But now you will see them standing in front of a rich man’s house to beg. We have over the years been creating social problems within the community.
We used to have ways and means of leadership recruitment, but it has been thrown away. Now what is used to measure that is money. I was barely 29 years old when I was a member of the House of Assembly, there were 52 of us. There were accountants, estate surveyors and other people with means of livelihood in our midst and that was why we were able to look straight into the eyes of the then Governor, that was how we did what we did and I ended up in the booth of a car.
 We stood up against tyranny, but today virtually all the Houses of Assembly are in the pockets of the Governors. If you don’t have a means of livelihood you would never be considered under Bola Ige. you must have been useful to the system over the years, you can’t just come from nowhere. Baba Akande was a chartered accountant before he became Secretary to the Government and later became a Governor. Today we have people we don’t know the source of their income all over the place. All of us are guilty of this.
You sometimes criticised Seyi Makinde, but recently you’ve been praising him. Why the sudden change?
I’ve not changed my position. I don’t belong to the class of disco critics, the disco critics never see anything good in their opponents. I’m a political scientist and a lawyer, a chartered arbitrator. I don’t belong to the disco critics who don’t see anything good in their opponents.
Seyi Makinde came on board and had no template. The template of the development of Oyo State was anchored by Governor Ladoja, give that credit to him. It is the template that Tinubu established in Lagos and others followed. When Makinde came and didn’t have a template I criticised that. When he decided to take up some projects, like reviving Ajoda… how many people have thought about that? Governor Jemibewon established Ajoda New Town, he established Agbowo Shopping Complex and the successive Governors did nothing about those infrastructures and Makinde touches that, I had to commend him. Idea rules the world, its not just for you to have degrees.
when Governor Makinde came on board and in a year didn’t have a plan and I had to comment. I told him we made our mistakes in APC and he capitalised on that, he used two weapons, Populism and Demarketing against us. He saw the fundamental mistakes we made due to lack of native intelligence and appraisal and he capitalised on that, but unfortunately for him, he has people like me to contend with. If he does well, I will praise him even to the detriment of our party, because our members would tell me not to praise him even if he was doing good, but I’m not a disco-critic and I can never be.
WHERE DO LEADERS MISS IT? THEY USUALLY HAVE LOFTY PLANS BEFORE THEY GET INTO OFFICE AND LOSE IT WHEN THEY GET THERE. HOPE THIS WONT HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU ACHIEVE YOUR AIMS?
Morning will show the day, I was reading Tribune’s editorial comment  yesterday that said by their convoys you shall know them and I kept the copy. Those who ruled us before had money but they never flaunted or use it to oppress. By all standard Awolowo was never a poor man  and so also was Bola Ige and Jakande. But they never left their old houses, they lived there, even Lam Adesina. How many houses can you attribute to them? But those sense of value is gone, look at them. Only mad men use the same weapon and expect a different result. I was a Deputy Speaker in this state, I had an official car, a 504, my own personal car was a 505, the official car was given as a back up to my personal car. I was a Deputy Speaker and still go to court and  do my job. You cannot grow outside of your background.
If there’s any move in the future for you to step down again for another person in your party considered to also be competent, would you agree?
Why are you comparing apple with an orange? I’m a core progressive. Ours is anchored on legacies. Awolowo died in 1987 and we still celebrate him, so is Bola Ige. I’m an unrepentant Ige boy. Against that back drop I don’t see myself on the same level  with others.

Ajimobi’s Pal, Fijabi Pockets Ill Health Rumor With Recent Outing

-by Collins Ayade

 

Ibadan high chief, Akinade Fijabi is battling to shed off some ill tales spreading around him.

 

The socialite who is considered to be among the ‘main men’of former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi was said to have been ill during the period his politician friend, Senator Ajimobi was also battling for his life.

 

A source disclosed that Fijabi had an encounter with the former Governor some days before he was said admitted at the hospital where he later died of complications from covid-19.

 

 

It was gathered that Fijabi went into isolation as he started feeling strange and unwell.

 

 

Concerns about his health was later heightened with the death of another close aide of Ajimobi, Yahaya Badara who died from a strange ailment.

 

Ajimobi’s death some weeks later worsened the situation as friends and family members of Fijabi made frantic efforts to restore his health.

 

 

An insider explained to papermacheonline that ‘if not for God and some spiritualist, it would have been otherwise. You know Alhaji doesn’t joke with herbs and traditional treatment’.

 

His health issue was kept out of the public and he recently made an outing to silence the rumors making the rounds about his ill health.

 

 

Fijabi was spotted recently at the fidau prayers for the mother of the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.

 

 

He was full of life and had a good time at the gathering, moving from table to table to acknowledge greetings from friends and admirers.

‘where do I start?’ Florence Ajimobi Pens Emotional Message

Barely 9 hours after her husband, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi was commited to mother earth in his Oluyole, Ibadan home, his wife, Florence penned an emotional message that caught the attention and invoked the pity of many.

In the message copied from her instagram page, the former First Lady of Oyo State wrote ‘…where do I start? how do I express the depth of this anguish? What do I say? Who do I tell…’she rants on endlessly and consolation messages trailed her post.

The pretty woman, half Lebanese/half Nigerian had earlier in the day had a mild confrontation with the Deputy Governor of Oyo State when he paid her a condolence visit and she alleged that the Government did not try to reach her during the trying period.

One of her aides confided in this writer that after the burial she was jolted and realised the grim reality of her husband’s passage and she wrote a prose and broke down in tears while she was being comforted by her children and friends.

It was her writing that was posted on social media.

‘you know she writes? since they left office she has busied herself in writings and book publishing. So tonight she wrote a piece and started crying while everyone around cried with her. It was so touching’. The aide said.

Florence Ajimobi and her husband, Abiola were married for 40 years. In her book which was published when she clocked 60, she narrated her experience, how she met her husband in Lagos, when they had their first child, the challenges of running a family, what she faced before fitting into the polygamous Ajimobi home, her trials, sorrows and triumphs in her 40 years of marrying her husband were all well documented in her book titled ‘My Life Like A Rainbow’.

Book Tour; FH Luxury Hosts Florence Ajimobi

Oyo State’s former First Lady, Mrs Florence Ajimobi is enjoying her moments and life out of the office she left barely five months ago.
The stylish woman is on a book tour, meeting and consulting with people as she tells her life story in a book she launched on her 60th birthday titled My Life Like A Rainbow. The book detailed her growing up, career, family and the 8 years she spent alongside her husband, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Agodi Government House, Ibadan.
The book tour this time around is slated for Lagos where the author is being hosted by her daughter, Bisola Kola-Daisi who owns the upscale fashion store, FH Luxury in Lekki, Lagos.
The strictly by invitation event which is designed to be a conversation with the author holds at the FH Luxury store.
According to the invite, the event promised to be extremely engaging and insightful.

Act 1;Scene1…Crisis Looms As Makinde Vows To Recall Ajimobi’s Contractors Over Shoddy Jobs

As predicted, the Oyo State government is making good the threat to scrutinize the activities  of ex governor Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the government vows to summon road contractors of the immediate past administration  to site over what was termed ‘shoddy jobs’ across the State.

This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja during an inspection tour of Taki and Odo-Oru-NEPA roads in Ogbomoso township on Wednesday evening.
Ogbomoso township road, Saki’s Poly to Ijale-Oda road and Oyo township roads were among road projects embarked upon by the Ajimobi-led administration but some of the projects were not completed.
Afonja expressed displeasure at what he called the state of the roads constructed by the previous administration which he said were already dilapidated under two years and less because they were not properly planned and constructed to stand the test of time.
“The roads were not designed properly for the purpose they are meant to serve and as such, the failure of the roads are of great concern to us, therefore, we will look for the contractors that did the road works and bring them back to site to complete the jobs or be made to refund government money back to its coffers.
“The inspection of the roads was to yield to calls made by people for government’s intervention on the roads, as a responsive government, we owe the people the responsibility to come and see things for ourselves and proffer possible solutions.
“We are assuring the people of Oyo State that any road construction project embarked upon by the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration will stand the test of time to serve as example to others.”
At the Palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, where the government team made a courtesy call on the royal father, the king charged the federal and the State government on speedy completion of both the federal and the State roads in Ogbomoso axis, charging them to also construct roads of good standards to make life easy for road users for which he said they would be remembered for long after their tenure.
The visit was also extended to the palace of Onipetu of Ijeru land in Ogbomoso where Oba Sunday Oyediran commended the lofty ideas and programs of the Seyi Makinde-led administration, urging the present government not to rest its oars in order for the people to further enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The State governor had recently re-awarded the 65 kilometers Moniya-Iseyin road to KOPEK Engineering Company over what was referred to as the incompetence of the contractor handling the contract during the last administration.

The N144B Probe; Ajimobi Appeases Seyi Makinde

The former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is not enjoying his retirement with the words going round that the State Governor, Seyi Makinde has ordered a look into the activities of Ajimobi’s 8 year administration.

 

A source hinted papermacheonline that the Oyo State government has hired some auditors to scrutinize the dealings of the past government.

 

Another source revealed that the new government was baffled with what it met on ground. There were allegations of stolen cars, lands and a missing N144B.

 

The former Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is said not to be resting on this, he has been reaching out to the new Governor, Seyi Makinde, seeking audience and explanation.

 

Two key figures in Ibadan mentioned to convey Ajimobi’s request to the Governor are Chief Kola Daisi, who is Ajimobi’s in-law and Chief Bode Amao, a former President of the CCII and a respected businessman.

 

Ajimobi’s request was simple, meet and discuss, fair hearing.