The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi has expressed sadness over the death of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide, Bode Durojaiye, on Friday, the monarch described the late Ajimobi as a leader who backed up his campaign promises with actions.
Oba Adeyemi added that Ajimobi had exhibited the quality of a good leader who had the courage of not only taking actions but being ready to face the consequences of his actions.
He said: “Ajimobi was the 20th governor that I have worked with. I have worked intimately as a son and as a governor. If you are brilliant, truthful and hardworking, he will work with you. He ran an inclusive government but you can only get something from him if you key into his vision of RTR, meaning reformation, transformation and repositioning.
“The late governor was more interested in people who can sustain his institutional reforms and other legacies and not in his own personal preferences.”
The monarch commended Ajimobi for mantoring people who could succeed him and nurture the institution that he had built.
Alaafin noted that the state will always remember the former Governor as the purveyor of unprecedented achievements that have far-reaching effects on the lives of the people.
He also commended the deceased as unique and visionary for immortalising statesmen and heroes of the state by naming monuments after them while they were alive.
Oba Adeyemi who commiserated with the incumbent Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, the State Government, and the people of the State, prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the families fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May God grant him eternal rest.