Friday January 28, 2022 9:17 PM

Akala and I were close despite political differences- Gov Makinde

Oyo State governor, Engr. ‘Seyi Makinde has visited the family of the late former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala yo condole with them over the demise of the former Governor.

According to Makinde, the state has lost perhaps its most experienced politician

Speaking to the family members, Governor Makinde, while said that the visit was to officially condole with the family over the demise of someone he described as leader, brother and mentor.

Speaking through his chief press secretary to the governor,  Governor Makinde said that the late Alao-Akala, was a lover of Ogbomoso and Oyo State and that he did his best as governor of the state.

He said: “I am here this afternoon on behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, to condole with the family of our departed leader, brother, mentor, former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.

“We cannot question God. I still spoke with him five days ago. I said to somebody that I wanted to ask him to come and flag off the road project between Ogbomoso and Iseyin, and the person said to me that I should not make such move, because he would deal with it politically.

“But I put a call across to him and he surprisingly said to me ‘Seyi, I will be there to flag it off.’

He asked me to give him only 48 hours notice, choose the date and I was looking forward to it. “But who are we to question God?

“Sometimes, it is not how long but how well and I will explain it to you. Here, we have my brother, Senator Teslim Folarin. I can also see Hon. Segun Odebunmi (Bunvic) and almost all the political leanings in Oyo State are here. We have lost, perhaps, the most experienced politician this state has ever produced.

“Chief Alao-Akala was a grassroots man. He rose from a local government chairman to Deputy Governor, and to an Acting Governor and to a State Governor. Who else has the credentials? Nobody in Oyo State.”

The governor asked family members to take solace in the fact that he lived a great life and give thanks to God even in their grief.

“In the moment of our grief, we must remember that God was gracious unto Chief Alao-Akala. So, we still have the opportunity to thank God no matter how much we grief over his death.

“On my birthday, he sat very close to me. People may think we are not together politically but in terms of love for our state, we are together. He loved this state so much and did his best as the governor of the state. There are others who may not love the state by their actions and decisions.

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