Oyo State Governor Abandons Official Duties Over Wife’s Missing Diamond Necklace

Reports have it that Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi recently abandoned his official duties to sympathize with his wife who was in a bad mood after her precious diamond necklace was stolen.

People magazine reported that the highly respected First Lady is said to be in control of the affairs of the state, and no proposal or contract could get approved without her consent.

Excerpt from the GE magazine cover goes thus:

“Two Mondays ago, precisely Monday 23rd July 2012, His Excellency, Senator Isiaka Ajimobi was absent at the State’s exco meeting. Shortly after the meeting, apparently worried members called at his residence to inquire what could have gone wrong.

The bespectacled governor simply told his kitchen cabinet members that he was not in the very best of mood; hence his absence at his meeting. Obviously, Her Excellency, the First Lady of the Pacesetter state, Florence Ajimobi was not in a good mood after her diamond necklace had allegedly been stolen, and her husband had to show concern by staying back to empathize with her.

That Florence wields so much power in Oyo state might be stating the obvious. Aside domestic affairs, her staying power has equally extended to how things are done in the state and it’s very obvious to those in the game. For instance, the appointment of caretaker members for the Local governments in the state last year, had a greater input of the First Lady.

 A source said, “even if a Local government caretaker chairman is irresponsible to the people, if such chairman is ‘responsible’ to the First Lady, there is no problem”.

A particular chairman, who placed a full page advertorial in Nigerian Tribune of Tuesday, June 19, 2012, listed among his achievements and by extension, success story of Governor Ajimobi as (i) purchase of brand New Toyota Rav4 Jeep for the office of the chairman; observation of weekly and monthly environmental sanitation exercises; sponsoring of people to both Jerusalem and Mecca; regular payment of staff salaries and other ‘Ajimobiphobia Achievements’.

The particular Local government chairman is said to be a favorite of the First Lady and no one dares look the way of querying such bogus achievements, listed in the national newspaper.

Last year, when the delegation to go for the Holy pilgrimage to Mecca, was to embark on preparations, Florence was said to have insisted on following her husband, as the First Lady to the Holy Land. According to her, a prayer jointly said is better for the state.

No sooner has she arrived, however, was she to lead another delegation to Jerusalem for the Christian pilgrimage; a move that actually raised suspicion in many quarters. Those who have presented laudable proposals to the state government expressed how their ideas have been frustrated because they could not get the blessings of the First Lady who virtually holds the cake and the knife.

Since an unofficial appointment of his daughter as the Personal Assistant to the governor, most of the workings and goings-on in the office are at Her Excellency’s finger tips. As at the time of writing this report, it was gathered that the couple were in the United Kingdom on an investment drive for the state, and perhaps too, to enjoy the Olympics fever”.

14 COMMENTS

  1. its probably a lie that he was empathizing with his wife. Even if its true, thats one big flimsy excuse, and coming from a governor, i’m simply disappointed.

  2. LOLs only in Nigeria! Honestly there is no redemption for us! How cud she even afford diamond necklace if not looting public funds?? Who has ever seen obama’s wife in diamonds?? Nija we r finished! No doubt bcos anybody who comes in wil loot they shall loot till oil dries up! You sit at home as a governor bcos ur wife misplaced her diamond necklace?? Chai! And nobody will talk sef or they wud b sacked

  3. What is you guys’ problem? You are not even original- copying another person’s shoddy job. Were you there? I am so disappointed in the crop of people our generation is churning out.

    Lying and making people to see it as the truth.

  4. Dr Phd what defence for this. Saharareporters de beg for money wey we no give that is why they are maligning the Governor. What are this media asking for. Think its just a matter of Omo oju o rolari. What is bad is bad.

  5. @omo oba shut up if u don’t av anytin 2 say,may be u r probably one of de thiefs that do emmbazle our mony,don’t worry one day all of u will av a question 2 ans..,what else do our unwarthy polticians doing, if not 2 send dia children whose end up being a cultise 2 oversea,buy cars,houses and so many others with stolen found.i don’t blame them but the youth,but i pray one day what happen in ghana will happen in 9ja.idiot…

  6. @ Yinka, your naivety baffles me. Let’s call a spade a spade. Have you tried to verify the reports? It’s a shame that the so called people referred to as the future of Nigeria cannot differentiate between fictions and facts. God will safe us.

  7. Some Media reports of July 23 and 24. Read the below and you will know the truth.

    Ajimobi never abandoned his official duties as claimed.

    http://dailyindependentnig.com/2012/07/boko-haram-crisisll-soon-be-resolved-akinjide/

    Boko Haram crisis’ll soon be resolved – Akinjide
    POSTED ON TUESDAY, JULY 24TH, 2012

    By Oladele Ogunsola, Correspondent, Ibadan

    Hope of quick resolution of the crisis caused by the Islamic fundamentalists sect, Boko Haram, resulting in the bombing and other violent activities in parts of the Northern Nigeria, was raised on Monday by Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide.

    The minister, who led a Federal Government delegation to Governor Abiola Ajimobi to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan’s letter of condolence to the governor on the death of his mother, Sikirat Ajimobi, spoke with journalists at the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Ibadan.

    http://nigerianpilot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4222:jonathan-condoles-ajimobi-on-his-mothers-death&catid=40:more-headlines&Itemid=208

    JONATHAN CONDOLES AJIMOBI ON HIS MOTHER’S DEATH
    Monday, 23 July 2012 22:58 By Sunny Adeloye, Ibadan

    President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday condoled the Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on the recent loss of his mother, Alhaja Sikirat Abeje Ajimobi at the age of 85.
    Jonathan in the condolence message which was read and delivered by the Minister of state for Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide at the governor’s office yesterday remarked that the governor’s mother lived a worthy life, having trained her children in the ways of the Lord and seeing them to the pinnacle of their career.
    The minister, who later spoke with newsmen, assured that security efforts were on to formally silence the Boko Haram insurgence and other insecurity problem in the country.

  8. I pity our generatn. If u can believe this then u can believe anything. U pple should fear God in the way u perform ur duties. Av made my findings and i was made to realise that this is far from the truth. U guys shd stop maligning the personality of gov ajimobi and his wife or else u will face the wrath of God. Am disappointed in d comments of some pple here. O ga o. Some pple are just misusing d freedom they av on d internet to write rubbish.

  9. This is nothing but endtime journalism. it is pathetic that the so called online jounalism has afforded the dregs of the profession the opportunity of posting whatever props up on thier imagination and all sorts of crass on the net in the name of jounalism. I am sure that your medium will not sell 100 copies per edition if you have to print and sell, no wonder you chose sensationalism as reflected in all other news item that has been posted on your virus infected site.

    Any right thinking person can discern from your headlines that this is biased and is concocted to suit your faceless paymasters.

    However it may interest you to note that Ajimobi rose to become the chief executive of a multinational oil company before becoming the Governor of Oyo State. you may wish to let us know if it is the wife that also ran the oil Company successfully for him.

    The fiction about neck lace and abandonement of duty is an attempt to be-little a man running and administration that has given Oyo State hope in spite of the hopelessnes bequitted it by the past thieving regime.

    It is on record that you did not allege that Ajimobi stole Oyo money to buy necklace but I am sure this is how far your warpped logic can take you. but you have more of this response coming from the good and reasonable people of Oyo State if you think you want to continue along this line.

  10. Greetings folks. This is nothing but Faux News. The governor’s wife (NOT first lady) may have misplaced her necklace or had it stolen, but to deduce from that as the reason why the governor was absent at the exco meeting, C’MON MAN!

  11. We like to place on record that Governor Abiola Ajimobi never abandoned his official duties as alleged by the online portal. The sequence of his activities for the said day, July 23, 2012, is as follows:
    The governor attended a meeting with select traditional rulers and community leaders to address urgent security challenges in the state in the morning, from between the hours of 8a.m. to 11.25a.m. Observing that the meeting was dragging too long, he delegated his deputy to preside over the State Executive Council meeting.
    It is pertinent to note that the governor joined the council meeting mid-way and immediately summoned officials of the Ministries of Works, Environment, Physical Planning as well as Lands and Housing for a mini-executive council meeting to review the effects of the flood disaster which happened recently on the people of the state and fashion out palliative measures to mitigate the effects. The meeting was held in his office.
    The Governor thereafter suspended this meeting to receive the Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, on a condolence visit to him over the death of his mum. This held around 12.30pm and the governor had to continue with his earlier meeting with the ministries officials.
    Also, Governor Ajimobi, at about 4pm, received his Edo State counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who came to condole with him in his office. Governor Oshiomhole left the governor’s office at about 5.30pm and Governor Ajimobi continued with his official duties.
    The governor later left his office to join Ibadan Elders at the Government House who came to observe the Iftar (breaking of fast) with him.
    More importantly, Mrs. Ajimobi never lost any diamond necklace, let alone being in bad mood.
    It is a shame that those who are not journalists have taken over the serious business of journalism and have consigned the noble art of investigative journalism into the trash-can.  If not, a simple attempt at gathering information or even speaking with journalists of various media houses who witnessed these sequential events would have dissolved this News of the Liars’ lies into thin air.
    Mrs. Ajimobi, like any other virtuous woman, is a simple woman who merely wants her husband to be a success. Attributing the administration of Oyo State to her is not only callous but apparently the handiwork of the fraudsters being daily smoked out of Oyo State, the culprits of the N2.6 billion fraud in Oyo pension board whom her husband recently discovered, as well as offspring of the bad eggs who have been flushed off the system by her no-nonsense husband. They are apparently reacting through faceless charlatans masquerading as cyber journalists.
    To the general public, we all have to frontally attack the menace of yellow journalism that is mestasizing fast in our society. The quick and easy thing is to say is that it is the elite that these yellow journalists are destroying but our case, soon, will be akin to that man whom, when they came for his neighbor, he was happy that they didn’t come for him; and when they eventually came for him, the rest of society kept quiet. We should all collectively thumb down these characters who feed on our thirst for the bad news from our leaders because someday, it would be out turn all.

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