The news of death of Oyo State two-term governor, Abiola Ajimobi has come as a rude shock to many, as it was announced on Thursday, 25 June 2020.
We can tell that the wife of the deceased will greatly miss the gem who had left us at this time.
City people recall when a selected team of staff visited the couple in 2019 at the government house.
Senator Ajimobi was very lively and playful.
The late politician, and his beautiful wife, Florence were very close and so into each other. That is a known fact in the state. And the Governor in fact never hid that reality, as he flaunted his love and affection for his wife of many decades, in the open, and in private.
Gov. Ajimobi would tell anyone who cares to listen how much he loved his wife whom he calls Mummy. Its the same thing with his wife. She is so much in love with her husband who she called Daddy. He looked refreshingly young.
In 2019, CityPeople was the guest of the Governor and his wife at the Government House in Agodi, Ibadan, where City People had gone to give the Mrs Ajimobi her well-deserved award. She was honoured with the City People Service-To-Humanity Award, for empowering Oyo State Women and Children in the past 7 years through her passion for the improvement of the quality of the lives of vulnerable groups like Women & Children and ensuring that the less privileged in her state are empowered for financial independence.
After the 1st Lady received her specialised plaque in her private office, she took it to meet her husband. “Let me go and show Daddy my award plaque”, she told us excitedly. And once she showed His Excellency who was having his late lunch of Amala, with the SSG, Oyo APC governorship candidate, Bayo Adelabu, Oyo House of Reps candidate, Shina Peller and some of the governors guests, her plaque, he was so excited too. “This is great”, he remarked. “Congrats. Mummy are we not going to celebrate big? Are we not going to make this award big? Are we not taking photographs?
Everyone around the table burst out laughing. Once the Governor finished having lunch, he led others to take photos. “Mummy, you have done well. This is highly commendable”, Gov. Ajimobi remarked.
“I am happy that City People, all the way from Lagos recognised your efforts at adding value to lives in Oyo State”. At one point, during the photo session, the governor over ruled his wife. The 1st Lady wanted her husband to join her to take a shot with her female friends and associate there gathered, but the governor declined and he re-ordered the plan, saying “Let the women take their photo with you first, then we the men can then join you”. The 1st Lady smiled and Gov. Ajimobi said you all can see I over ruled my wife now ooo. You won’t take note of that. At least you can see she does not control me, like some people think. She is my friend. She is my wife and I am proud of her”.Everyone again burst out laughing. That is one trait of Gov. Ajimobi that many don’t know. He has a robust sense of rumour. If you meet him on a good day he will leave you in stitches.
Several times, during the duration of the visit, the governor and his wife exchanged jokes. Both have become so used to themselves that they tell themselves everything under the sun. The governor cracks any joke he likes with his wife and tells her everything he does.
That is why when he became Oyo Governor in 2011, she decided to support him all the way by initiating her own projects directed at Oyo State Women and Children.
That is why some people say that if anyone commends the ex-Governor Ajimobi alone for the untiring vigour and energy he is expending to ensure that he delivers on all his campaign promises, such a person also needs to look at the quantum of work that the wife has done in the space of 7 years, not for the sake of fulfilling particular promises, since she is not holding any elective position but to simply help.