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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Alao - Akala Is Dead

•••Abiodun mourns Alao-Akala


The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, January 12, 2022

 Former governor of Oyo State, Christopher Alao Akala has died.

Alao-Akala died exactly one month after the demise of the Soun of Ogbomosho.

Akala who was a retired police officer before venturing into partisan politics, died on Wednesday morning in his sleep.

This is coming exactly one month after the demise of the Soun of Ogbomosho, who died at the age of 93.

Sources said the convoy of the former Governor had already been rolled out for a trip to Ibadan before the incident.

The source said concern was raised when the former Governor, who was expected to join the convoy, didn’t come out, forcing some of the aides to rush into the house where he was confirmed dead.

The cause of his death has not been ascertained.

Akala was a former Deputy to Ex-Governor Rashidi Ladoja from 2003-2007 before he contested and emerged Governor in 2007.

He served under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He handed over power to late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

He later decamped to the All Progressives Congress(APC) where he held sway as a chieftain, particularly in Ogbomoso until his death.

Abiodun mourns Alao-Akala

However, governor Dapo Abiodun has mourned the death of chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Alao-Akala, who died in the early hours of Wednesday.

Akala, who was a governor of the state between 2007 and 2011, died in his hometown of Ogbomosho, at the age of 71.

Abiodun, in a condolence statement signed by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, said Akala's passing was not only shocking, but sudden and painful.

He lamented that death took the former police chief at a time the progressive family in Oyo needed him most, not only as a chieftain but a bridge builder.

Abiodun, who said Akala's tenure as the Number One citizen of the Pacesetter State, witnessed unprecedented infrastructural development, noted he will be greatly missed.

"The news of the demise of the former Governor Alao-Akala came to me as a rude shock. Yes, we are all mortals, but his death, which is sudden to me, came at a time the APC in Oyo needed his exemplary leadership.

"Apart from being a fine police office, a grassroots mobiliser and a consummate politician, Akala's sterling performance as a governor cannot be forgotten. He will be sorely missed by progressives family, in Oyo and beyond.

"On behalf of my family and the people of Ogun state, I express my sincere condolence to the  immediate family of the former governor, my Oyo state counterpart, the APC family and the people of Oyo. I pray his soul find repose in the bosom of Lord". Abiodun was quoted to have stated in the statement. 

He was also a deputy governor under former governor, Rashidi Ladoja between 2003 and 2006, when Chief Ladoja was impeached and consequently became the acting governor for eleven months.

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