The daughter-in-law of former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has confirmed that her father-in-law is still alive.
There have been rumours that the ex governor died on Thursday, June 18 due to COVID-19 complications, but his daughter-in-law, Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, has now denounced the rumour in a post she shared on her Twitter handle.
”Thank you for all the messages but our father is still alive, alhamdulillah. When it is our time we will all die so wait first”. she wrote
However, a new report by Sahara Reporters states that Ajimobi has been in Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Lagos, since he was rushed to the place few weeks ago after it emerged he had contracted COVID-19.
According to Sahara Reporters, the former governor allegedly first slipped into coma on June 8 but was revived and stabilised by doctors until Thursday June 18, when he again went totally unconscious.
“Ajimobi is alive. He only slipped into coma. We are praying to God for his revival.” a source said
The death of Ajimobi became a trend across social media in Nigeria following reports that he is COVID-19 positive.
Tweeting about the alleged demise of the two-term Oyo Governor, an investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, quoted a source he referred has ‘never for once failed him with reliable news in six years’
“A source who has never failed me in six years of knowing him has just confirmed to me the death, in Lagos today, of Abiola Ajimobi, former Governor of Oyo State, due to underlying health conditions worsened by the Coronavirus.” Soyombo wrote
A media aide to Ajimobi, Bolaji Tunji also denounced rumours of his death in a post he shared on his facebook page, adding that they have all been prayerful.
In a press statement disputing the rumour, Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to Ajimobi stated; “My attention has been drawn to the rumours circulating on the social media about my principal. Kindly disregard. We, however, continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the show of concern.”