Chief Akin Oke, Chairman, All Progressives Congress Caretaker Committee in Oyo State, has confirmed the death of Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former Governor of the state.
Newsmen report that the former Governor was confirmed dead in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 71.
In a telephone interview with newsmen, Oke said: “It’s a rude shock because this is a personal loss to me.
“I am down in all ramifications.
“I’m highly devastated and can’t really talk much for now.
“Please, let’s talk later.”
Also confirming his death, a former Military Governor of Oyo State, retired Major General Oladayo Popoola, described the demise of Alao-Akala as shocking.
Popoola, who is also a prominent indigene of Ogbomoso, the birthplace of Alao-Akala in Oyo State, said that news of his demise was communicated to him over the phone.
He said: “Yes, I have received the news.
“It’s shocking, but I won’t say anything until I get full details.”
A family source, who pleaded anonymity, told the newsmen that the late Alao-Akala returned to Ogbomoso on Tuesday from Abuja, where he had gone to felicitate a former Majority Leader of House of Representatives, Rep. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, on her birthday.
The source said: “He returned from Abuja yesterday (Tuesday) and still held meeting with some people in the evening.
“He was found dead in his room this morning.”