Story By Akinola Emmanuel
The Minister of Interior and former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola says the late Abiola Ajimobi’s commitment to the ideal of the All Progressive Congress national leader Asiwaju Tinubu was one of the factors that worked against his victory at the 2019 poll.
Aregbesola disclosed this in his condolence message on the passing of the late Governor.
He said his death has been very devastating in its impact on him.
“Egbon was the only ally in the West to our cause and standing by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He was steadfast and unflinching in his commitment to core Yoruba values and the defence of our leadership.
This loyalty cost him a lot electorally and personally.
The dark conspiracy against him was quite huge, unsparing and unrelenting. Of cause, he calmly weathered the storm and survived the intrigue with a rare comportment and maturity. Death is a necessary end for mortals.”
He added that as distressing as his passage is, he is consoled by the fact that Ajimobi was exemplary in many ways.
The minister said from his character of accommodation, loyalty, generosity, resilience and love, to courage of conviction & full constitutional tenure of 8 years as the governor of Oyo state, he towered shoulder-high above most.
He was born great into an illustrious family, but he earned his greatness through hard work, personal sacrifice, grim determination and the force of unconquerable human spirit. Everything he touched became gold.
He called on the wife of the former governor Florence Ajimobi, the children and associates to remember what Allah SWT says in the Holy Quran, Suratul Ar Rahman; 55:26-27; “everyone that is on the earth will perish and pass away: and everlasting, to remain forever is the face and supreme divinity of your Lord, majestic and glorious”.
“Please take solace in the enduring legacy of good governance, impactful administration and beautiful relationships he cultivated while on this side of the divide.”