COVID-19 has killed a former governor of Oyo state Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the latest leader in the country to die of the highly infectious disease caused by the coronavirus.
Born Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi (born 16 December 1949) was formerly the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria.
He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years, and was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the ANPP, a bid which he lost.
He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN, and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.
His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region. His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region. He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. As a high school student he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school’s games prefect.
Ajimobi went to the university in the United States of America in New York and Chicago.