Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has said the family of the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi was aware of his presence at their Ibadan residence to attend the eighth-day Fidau of their late father.
Olaniyan was denied access to the Oluyole Estate residence of the late governor on Sunday.
The late governor’s family through a statement by Bolaji Tunji, media aide to the late Senator Ajimobi, had said the family was not aware of the deputy governor’s plan to be present at the prayer.
But in another statement by Olaniyan’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Omolere Omoetan, the deputy governor said the family was aware he was waiting at the gate.
The statement read, “Again, some members and aides of the former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi continue to rebuff the hand of fellowship extended to the family of the late governor by the government of Oyo State led by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
“Today at the 8th day Fidau Prayers of the former Governor Oyo State Isaika Ajimobi, the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, was denied access to the venue of the event.
“The Deputy Governor, who led the government delegation comprising himself and some commissioners, on the approval of the governor, was kept waiting at the gate for over 15 minutes. Even when security men at the gate went in to tell them he was at the gate, no directive came back to grant his Excellency access.
“At a point, the security personnel in uniform and mufti at the gates became very hostile and the ADC to the Deputy Governor was manhandled by men of the police force. It was at this point that the Deputy Governor decided to leave the scene that was becoming tense while waiting in his car.
“Having waited for a while to see if the situation would change to no avail, he proceeded to take his leave. – THE PUNCH