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Folarin: Ajimobi Was Fearless in the Face of Tough Decisions With Focus on Excellence and Best Practices

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Though it is barely over a year a great icon has left this world, former Governor Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi still lives on because his good legacies are visible to the blind and audible to the deaf.

A year plus without my very thoughtful first cousin, political leader and benefactor is tough and unimaginable.

I miss egbon for his extraordinary intelligence and sincerity of purpose. When it comes to saying the truth he didn’t care whose ox was gored.

Ajimobi was truly a distinguished Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria. Between 2003 and 2007, I had a very robust collaboration with him to fight, defend and protect the popular interests of the people of Oyo State in the red chamber. Owing to his immense contributions in the hallowed chamber, the Nigerian Senate last year set a day aside to honour our Distinguished late colleague, Senator Ajimobi.

Ajimobi’s friends and foes know that he was a powerful strategist with high intelligence and the ability to read situations; a man of quality ideas and quick thinking no matter how complex the situation. Love him or hate him, he was fearless in the face of tough decisions with focus on excellence and best practices.

Senator Ajimobi served Oyo State and Nigeria with dedication, humility and honour, first as a Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, next as unprecedented two-term Governor of the Pacesetter State and then Deputy National Chairman (South) doubled as Acting National Chairman of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The death of His Excellency Ajimobi has robbed the progressive family of its eloquent and exemplary leader. We are greatly missing him.

Though Ajimobi is no more, his legendary achievements as a public administrator live on. He was undoubtedly and universally acknowledged as the Architect of Modern Oyo State; his Koseleri records in the governance of Oyo State will be very difficult to match.

I salute our fallen leader for his qualitative services to Nigeria and the APC. We will eternally remember Mr. Constituted Authority for his hard work, dedication and commitment.

May ALLAH Forgive his shortcomings and Grant him Aljana Fridauz. Amin!

Adieu my blood, great leader and benefactor..

Oloye Teslim Kolawole Folarin, OFR

Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District


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