Buhari, South-West APC hail Ajimobi at 70
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday sent greetings to former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Ajimobi will turn 70 years old on Monday (today).
The retired Major General advised Ajimobi, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to remain loyal to Nigeria and to mentor young Nigerians for leadership as he aged.
Incidentally, Buhari too will turn 77 on Tuesday (tomorrow), an indication that only seven years separate the two politicians.
“President Buhari congratulates the former governor for many years of outstanding achievements in both the private and public sectors, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in places he served, especially at the helm of affairs in insurance and oil sector companies”, a State House statement by Buhari’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said on Sunday.
Ajimobi had exited office in May 2019, after serving out his term.
But, his party’s governorship candidate, Mr Bayo Adelabu, had earlier been defeated in the March 3rd poll by the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Seyi Makinde, the current governor.
But Buhari noted that Ajimobi was a man of upright qualities, joining his family, friends and associates to celebrate him today.
The Presidency added, “The President believes Ajimobi’s forthrightness, patriotism and passion in working for the good of the country and humanity will continue to stand him out as a resourceful manager, exemplary leader and patriot, while commending his contributions as a senator and governor.”
It added, “As he turns 70, President Buhari urges the former governor to remain steadfast in love and loyalty to Nigeria, and use his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to contribute to development, especially by mentoring young leaders.”
Meanwhile the All APC in the South-West on Sunday hailed the former governor, on attainment of the age of 70, saying he deserved all the accolades that would be poured on him on the occasion.
The APC National Vice-Chairman and Chairman, APC South-West, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, said, “The South-West APC leadership is proud of Ajimobi’s records of service in Oyo State and we value his contributions to the growth of the APC in the state.”