Alao-Akala loving, generous, one of most astute South-West politicians — Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo pays a condolence visit to the family of the late former governor of Oyo State Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, in company of Governor Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Photo: State House/Tolani Alli

By Opeyemi Adeolu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the late former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, as loving, generous, and one of the most astute politicians to come out of the South-West Nigeria.

Osinbajo made the submission speaking during a condolence visit to Alao-Akala’s family in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Aged 71, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the governor of Oyo State between 2007 and 2011, Alao-Akala, died on January 12, 2022 at his Ogbomoso residence.

Speaking on his contacts with Alao-Akala, the Vice President said over the years, he had a close relationship with the deceased and his family.

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“I had a personal relationship with him; many years ago, I have been very close to him and to his family especially through his nephew who is the current Attorney General of Oyo State.

“Those were days when I was teaching, he was so kind and generous; he was a very kind and generous person; I have always known him as someone who was so kind; so generous and so loving.

“That was my first impression of him; but since then, of course, as you know, he was possibly one of the most astute politicians to come out of the South-West and indeed, he was of course, as you know, governor in Oyo State.”

The Vice President said one thing that would remain evergreen in memories was the way Alao-Akala did what he did in Oyo State.

He said the former governor’s contributions to APC could not be forgotten.

“I think he was an absolutely incredible person and we pray that the Lord, God Almighty will bless his memory and maintain all of his legacies and ensure that his legacies live long after him.

“I am to express my sincere condolence to both the governor of the state, who is the chief mourner as well as to all members of the family and to the whole community here in Ogbomoso.

“So, we pray that God will comfort the family,” he said.

Osinbajo had earlier attended the Thanksgiving Service of late Soun of Ogbomosho, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.

The service was held at the First Baptist Church, Okelerin, Ogbomoso.

The traditional ruler died on Dec. 12, 2021, at the age of 95.

Osinbajo had condoled with the family, prayed for them and signed the condolence register.

A massive crowd cheered, danced and welcomed the vice president to Ogbomoso.

Residents trooped out and lined the major roads in the town displaying placards with various pro-Osinbajo inscriptions.

At Alao-Akala’s house, the residents who were agog all through his length of stay in the ancient town gathered, drummed and sang with the name of the Vice President who acknowledged cheers from the mammoth crowd of people.