A day after the death of Chief Ernest Shonekan, the head of the Interim National Government, another high profile Nigerian politician, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, the ex governor of Oyo state, is dead.
Although the details of his demise still remains sketchy, sources close to the Akala’s family said, the former governor left Abuja for Ilorin in Kwara state, and later proceeded to Ogbomoso in Oyo state, from where news of his death filtered.
Born on June 3, 1950, in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State, with primary school education at Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso, and then to Kamina Barracks Middle School, in Ghana where he obtained a higher school education.
Otunba Akala served as the Deputy Governor of Oyo State from May 2003, to January 2006.
On impeachment of Governor Rashidi Ladoja, the then-incumbent Governor Oyo state, Alao-Akala was sworn into office as the governor in the same January 2006, and served for 11 months.
However, history have it that in December 2006, Rashidi Ladoja’s impeachment was overturned by the Supreme Court, and he was reinstated into office leaving the late Akala to enjoy the governorship seat for just a period of 11 months.
In 2007, Otunba Alao-Akala again contested in the Oyo state gubernatorial election, and won the seat under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He served his full term as the executive governor of Oyo state, till May 2011.