Ex Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has come out to say that he did better than past governors in the state in terms of the infrastructural development and service delivery he unveiled during his 8 years in office.
Ajimobi, who revealed this during a live radio programme in Ibadan, said his government is still unbeatable after several years in the history of the state.
According to him, he did very well in sectors like road construction, education, health delivery, peace, and security.
His words, “Our administration’s strides were great. We made remarkable achievements in all ramifications in eight years.
“The present administration promised to do many things, so we will be watching what they will do. However, we can only hope they do well as we are all concerned about the development of the state.”
“I make bold to say that if peace is the only achievement people will remember this administration for, I am happy for it.”
Reacting, state Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Akeem Olatunji said he was merely boasting
His words, “His true personality is not about what he says about himself but about what the people of Oyo State say about him.”
“Can Ajimobi walk the streets freely in Oyo State today to demonstrate his popularity? The answer is no. This is a former governor who enforced caretaker committee chairmen on local government councils in Oyo State for seven years in his eight years in government.
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Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi (born 16 December 1949) is a Nigerian politician from Oyo State, south-western Nigeria. He 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 All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost. He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.
Abiola Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. 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 university education was in the United States of America, where he studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His MBA was in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.
In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children. His first daughter Abisola Kola-Daisi is a Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Florence H Luxury.