It was gathered that Ex-Governor of Oyo State Alao Akala died yesterday in his Ogbomoso, Oyo State home at the age of 71.
He became governor of Oyo State from 2007 to 2011, following the impeachment of his principal, Chief Rashidi Ladoja.
A source close to the former governor said that Alao-Akala died in his bathroom upstairs while some people, including his personal workers, were waiting for him downstairs in Ibadan, the state capital, by 10 a.m yesterday, for his first wife, Florence’s 70th birthday slated for Saturday.
The source said when he arrived from Abuja on Tuesday, he complained of feeling feverish, took a malaria drug and went to bed.
He was said to have attended a wedding last Saturday in Abuja and held political meetings afterwards.
His body was reportedly found in his bathroom around 10 a.m.
A statement by his son, Olamijuwonlo, reads: “With humble acceptance of the will of God, we announce the passing of our grandfather, father, husband and leader, His Excellency, Otunba (Dr.) Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, JP, psc, which occurred on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
“Baba died peacefully in Ogbomoso at the age of 71.
“Omo Iya Alaro will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in peace, Baba.
“Burial arrangements will be announced by the family at a later date.”