Oyo state governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi is in the news today in a way that isn’t delightful.
Yes, you read the headline right. I couldn’t believe my eyes either when I read that at Tuesday’s meeting held Abuja, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state openly insulted journalists.
Now before you start accusing me of antagonising the governor, you can read the report from the original source here.
According to Africa Examiner, Abuja-based journalists who cover the National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) were enraged as they had a raw deal in the hands of Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who, on Tuesday, used derogatory words on them.
The journalists reportedly asked the governor to make comment on the outcome of the closed door meeting which about eight of the party’s governors had with the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
Africa Examiner wrote:
As the newsmen approached the governor, wanting to get an exclusive scoop from him, Ajimobi feigned ignorance of the media organizations they claimed to be representing, saying he does not recognise any of the local media present at the party office.
The governor whose state is one of the states where chief executives are currently battling with unpaid workers’ salaries came along other APC governors. He was said to have descended on the journalists after an unfruitful meeting with the National Chairman of his party.
When the journalists approach him to comment on the behind closed door meeting with the party leadership, Ajimobi who asked all the journalists present one after the other the names of their media organisations, shouted on top of his voice that “I don’t know any of these media houses, so I can’t talk.”
Some of the media representatives present at the party Secretariat included ThisDay, Telegraph, Vision FM, Leadership, Blueprint, Newsdiary, Lagos Television, Galaxy TV, The Tide, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Niche on Sunday, among many others.
According to the report, Ajimobi openly accused the journalists of subtly requesting for money.
Ajimobi who spoke in Yoruba said: “I know what they want is money, call me one of my aides to find something for them, I don’t have time for any comment.”
The governor’s outburst against the media men, sent shock waves down their spines and they walked away from him in anger.
It was however gathered that some party loyalists at the secretariat, did not feel comfortable seeing the embarrassing manner the governor dealt with the newsmen.
I hope the state government would issue an official clarification – and apology (if this is true)