The family of the late former Governor of Oyo State, senator Abiola Ajimobi on Sunday explained that the deputy governor was not barred from gaining access to the venue of the fidau prayer for the late governor.
Ajimobi’s family in a statement issued by the spokesman of the late governor, Bolaji Tunji said the family acted strictly on the instruction of NCDC.
There is a need to clarify the believed presence of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan at the 8th day prayers for His Excellency Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past Governor of Oyo State.
“The event was announced as strictly a family affair. However, some dignitaries arrived for the event prior to the commencement of the prayers and were permitted entry.
“There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC – Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly.
“Once we reached capacity, the gate was locked. No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.
“The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayers had started and once the protocol team was informed they proceeded to the gate. By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a few minutes.
“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with him that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left. We however apologise to his Excellency.”