A former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Alao-Akala is dead.
He was aged 71.
TOS NEWS gathered that he died in the early hours of Wednesday in Ogbomoso, Oyo state.
Born on the 3rd of June 1950, at Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Alao-Akala served as the Deputy Governor of Oyo State from May 2003 to January 2006. Following the impeachment of then incumbent Governor (Rashidi Ladoja), he was sworn into office in January 2006 and served for 11 months.
In December 2006, the impeachment was overturned by the Supreme Court and Rashidi Ladoja was reinstated. Alao-Akala contested and won the gubernatorial election in 2007 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and became the Executive Governor of Oyo state, serving a full term till May 2011.
On 8th December, 2014, he defected to the Labour Party in Oyo State from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In 2014, he formally declared his intention to re-contest in the gubernatorial election of Oyo State on the platform of the Labour Party in the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria. During his declaration of intent, all other party gubernatorial aspirants stepped down for him, thereby making him emerge as the Labour party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in Oyo State. On 16th December, 2017, he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a huge ceremony in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.