Snapshots from the Inauguration of Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi at Liberty Stadium in Ibadan on 29 May 2011. I followed the University of Ibadan delegation of Student Union leaders to the event, where we narrowly escaped a stampede and the ire of overzealous and baton-wielding security agents. Ajimobi promised a more transparent government than his predecessor and a return of Oyo State to the glory days of Obafemi Awolowo, when southwestern Nigeria was the national pacesetter.
Picture 1: An artistic rendering of Ajimobi, Oyo State’s “new beginning.”
Picture 2: With brooms in hand (the symbol of the ACN political party), the crowd awaits the arrival of the Governor-Elect.
Picture 3: With military escorts, the governor laps the stadium.