The Oyo State Government has explained why Governor Seyi Makinde declined request by the family of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bury the former governor in Agodi GRA, Ibadan.
The state government gave the explanation while reacting to social media reports that it was responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor of the state, who died from COVID-19 related complications at a private hospital in Lagos, on Thursday.
The former governor will buried today at a mosque named after him in Oke-Ado area of Ibadan.
The government’s reaction is contained in a satement issued yesterday in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa.
The statement reads, “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.
“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossip, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.
“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.
“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.
“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.
“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.