Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, has disclosed that a former governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, was the one who encouraged him to join APC.
The former gubernatorial candidate made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Wednesday evening.
Alao-Akala had on Wednesday died at his Ogbomoso residence.
According to Alao: “I received with shock, news of the passage to eternal life of Gov. Adebayo Alao Akala, the former Governor of Oyo State.
“I recall His Excellency’s advice on my numerous visits to his Amazing Grace Residence. Particularly, his role in my defection to the APC as far back as April 2021, which later became reality after my visit to him on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
“Gov. Akala lived a fulfilled and exemplary life. His generosity and open mindedness that endeared people to him during his lifetime is unparalleled. He will be sorely missed by the people of Oyo State, especially members of the APC.
“On behalf of my family, friends and political associates, I wish to sincerely condole with the immediate family of Gov. Akala, Ogbomoso indigenes and the people of Oyo State.
“May the Lord Almighty be pleased with his soul and protect the family he left behind.”