Former Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, has expressed shock and sadness over the passing of his boss and former governor, Adebayo Christopher Alao-Akala.
The former deputy governor in a condolence statement issued on Thursday said the nation and most especially the Yoruba race have lost a rare gem.
Gbolarumi said: “I received the news of the passing of my late boss, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Christopher Alao-Akala, with shock. I am greatly saddened and devastated by this unfortunate incident. He will be sorely missed.”
He commiserated with the wife, children and loved ones of Chief Alao-Akala as well as the Ogbomoso people on the demise of their illustrious son.
“The Ex-Deputy Governor joins the whole world in mourning the former governor and vibrant political leader, who was a great promoter of peaceful co-existence, development and the unity of Oyo state throughout his life.
“Nigeria and the Yoruba race have indeed lost a rare gem,” the statement signed by his spokesman, Olaniyi Stephen, read in part.
Late Chief Alao Akala was aged 71. He would have clocked 72 in June 2022.
He served as the Deputy Governor of Oyo State from May 2003 to January 2006.
Alao-Akala was governor of the state from 2007 to 2011.