*Action not to spite Olaniyan, Says Ajimobi’s spokesman
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
A delegation of the Oyo State Government led by Governor Seyi Makinde’s deputy, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Agboola, and Commissioner for Land, Barristers Abiodun Abdul-Raheem, were turned back from entering the Oluyole’s residence of late governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, during his 8th Day Fidau prayer.
Security details attached to the venue were said to have resisted efforts from the state government delegation to gain entrance into the venue, as they almost engaged in open confrontation with security details attached to Olaniyan.
The delegation left after making frantic calls to people believed to be close to the family.
Reacting to the incident, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, the Spokesman of the late Ajimobi, said the Deputy Governor arrived after the prayer had started and that the event was strictly a family affair.
According to him, “There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC-social distancing protocol, not more than 30 people in a place and seats had been 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 10 minutes.
“Though 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.