‘We’ve lost an icon’, Ayandele mourns Alao-Akala

BUSINESSMAN and politician, Dr Olusola Ayandele (Eruobodo), has described the late former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, as an evergreen political heavyweight and patriot whose death, on Wednesday, has robbed Oyo State and Nigeria of many good things.

Ayandele, in a condolence message made available to journalists on Wednesday, lamented the passage of the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, describing the development as a colossal loss to not only the state but to the Nigerian nation.

He said: “The news of the death of Otunba Alao-Akala came with rude shock and utter disbelief as there was no report of ill-health or sickness about him. He was even present at the fidau for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland last week and nobody had an inkling that he was about to leave us. His death is one too many as it has thrown the whole country into mourning.

“Otunba Alao-Akala, the ‘Distinct (Oyato) Governor’ as he was fondly called by his numerous admirers and beneficiaries, did his best in terms of selfless service to God and humanity. He used all the opportunities that came his way to impact positively the lives of his people and this explains why he enjoyed the love and confidence of his people until he breathed his last.

“Without mincing words, the death of the enigma called Otunba Alao-Akala has denied Oyo State and Nigeria the chance of benefitting from his wealth of experience as an administrator of enviable track record, colourful politicking and philanthropy. Many people would attest to the fact that he was able to transform lives while he also built an enduring legacy for himself as one who governed Oyo State successfully.

“Our sympathy and prayers are with his wives, children and other family members as well as the good people of Ogbomoso and the entire members of Oyo APC who have been thrown into mourning as a result of the death of this colossus. We pray God to grant him eternal rest and give succour to the army of admirers, friends and supporters he left behind.”

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