- Governor Makinde has expressed deep sadness over the death of the former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Alao-Akala
- The governor in an emotional tribute described the late politician as an illustrious son of the state, one who brought infrastructural development to Oyo and beyond
- Meanwhile, Makinde's emotional message was contained in a statement signed and shared on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, January 12
Oyo state, Ibadan- Governor Seyi Makinde has confirmed the death of one of his predecessors Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Makinde in a post shared on his official Facebook page reacts to the news when he was called to deliver a goodwill message at ongoing interfaith prayers for Oyo workers.
The governor, who said he got the news at the event, called for a minute silence and also ordered the ongoing programme be brought to an abrupt end.
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"I join the good people of Oyo State to mourn the passing of a former Governor of our dear state, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, which sad event took place today. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss.
"I have directed that flags fly at half-mast in honour of Governor Alao-Akala, our brother, friend and illustrious son of Oyo State.
"His Excellency will be remembered for his contributions to the development of Oyo State as Governor, especially for taking infrastructural development to other zones of the state outside Ibadan."
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The suit was instituted against the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Alao-Akala was discharged and acquitted along with a former deputy chief whip of the Senate, Hosea Agboola, and a business mogul, Femi Babalola.
The trial which lasted for 11 years was presided over by a three-man panel led by Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada.
According to the court, the anti-graft commission failed to establish a prima facie case against them.
2023 presidency: Makinde sends strong message to Tinubu, reveals what will happen to APC
In other news, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has strongly rejected the statement by Tinubu, that the ruling APC which took over the reins of power in 2015 would rule the country beyond 2023.
The APC leader had made the statement after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday night, April 26.
However, Governor Makinde, the only governor on the platform of the PDP in the southwest, disagreed with Tinubu while speaking at the inauguration of the zonal executive of the party held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Wednesday, April 28.