Abiola Ajimobi

Senator Isiaka Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi (16 December 1949 – 25 June 2020) was a Nigerian politician[1] 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 of meritorious service 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 seat of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People's Party, a bid which he lost.[2] He contested again in the April 2011 gubernatorial elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.[3] In 2019, he was succeeded by Oluwaseyi Makinde. He contested for Senator for his senatorial district but lost. In June 2020, he was confirmed to have the COVID-19 PANDEMIC infection and was announced dead on 25th June.

Isiaka Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi
Governor of Oyo State
In office
29 May 2011 – 29 May 2019
Preceded byChristopher Alao-Akala
Succeeded byOluwaseyi Makinde
Senator for Oyo South
In office
May 2004 – May 2007
Preceded byPeter Olawuyi
Succeeded byKamorudeen Adekunle Adedibu
Personal details
Born(1949-12-16)16 December 1949
Oja'ba, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Died25 June 2020(2020-06-25) (aged 70)
Lagos, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (APC)

Early lifeEdit

Isiaka Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi family of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. 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 school education was at Lagelu Grammar School.[4] As a high school student, he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school's games prefect. That was where he received the tag, the Archipelago.

Ajimobi's university education was at 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.[5]

Political careerEdit

In 2003, Abiola Adeyemi Ajimobi became a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria. Ajimobi was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority leader of the Senate. In 2007, Ajimobi contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.[3]

Ajimobi known as the Architect of the Modern Oyo State, contested for second term in an election that took place on 11 April 2015. Ajimobi contested under the All Progressive Congress for re-election and won. In the event of his re-election into office as the Governor, Ajimobi became the first person to occupy the seat twice and in succession.[6][7] He was declared the winner of the Oyo State gubernatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.[8]

Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018.

On June 16, 2020, he was appointed as the acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.[9] [10]

Personal life and deathEdit

In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children.

On 19 June 2020, Ajimobi was admitted to First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital in Lagos after slipping into coma following Covid-19 complications. He was declared dead on 25 June 2020.[11]


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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "APC NWC Appoints Ajimobi as Acting National Chairman". THISDAYLIVE. 16 June 2020.
  10. ^ "APC names Ajimobi as acting national chairman". The Guardian. 17 June 2020.
  11. ^ King, Isaac (25 June 2020). "Breaking News: Ex-Oyo Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Is Finally Confirmed Dead". The African Media. Retrieved 4 July 2020.