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Former Oyo Governor Alao-Akala is dead

Adebayo Alao-Akala

A former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has been reported dead in the early hours of Wednesday in Igbomoso.

Alao-Akala’s death was confirmed by the spokesperson of his party, APC, Olatunde Abdulazeez, in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday.

Akala, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was a former governor of the state, between 2007 and 2011.

The Ogbomoso-born politician was 71 years old.

He was until his death a member and leader of the APC in Oyo.

He, however, governed the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

A minute of silence

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who also confirmed the development while at an inter-faith programme for state civil servants to usher in the new year could not deliver his speech but declared a minute of silence in respect of Chief Alao-Akala. 

The Governor abruptly ended the programme as civil servants left the event in a sober mood.

Meanwhile,  our Correspondent reports that hundreds of sympathizers are already at the Ogbomoso residence of the deceased mourning the passage of the former Governor. 

It was gathered that the remains of the former Governor had been deposited at a private morgue in Ogbomoso.

The demise of Chief Alao-Akala happened just exactly a month after the transition of Soun of Ogbomosoland,  Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.
Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala was a Governor of Oyo State  between 2007 and 2011.

Similarly, The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation Ethics and Values, Mr Olusegun Odebunmi, has described the demise of the former governor of Oyo state Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala as a huge loss to Ogbomoso, Oyo state and Nigeria at large.

Odebunmi, a Federal lawmaker representing Ogo-Oluwa Surulere federal constituency maintained that Akala is a political hero, and a kind leader with an incurable generous and accommodating spirit.

According to him, the late Bobagunwa of Ogbomoso up to his last moment demonstrated his passion for his hometown Ogbomosho, genuinely loved his people and remain committed to the advancement of Ogbomosho, Oyo state and Nigeria at large.

The APC chieftain in a statement said he is yet to come to terms with the reality of his sudden demise because he has a lot of unfinished businesses.

Odebunmi added that late Alao Akala left his footprint at every track he walked.

” He was not just my political mentor, most of the lessons I learned from him are guiding and helping me in my political journey and private business so his death is also a personal loss to me.”

Writing by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Tina Oyinsan