Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a Nigerian politician and former governor of Oyo State, died in the early hours of Wednesday in Igbomoso.
Akala, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the state’s governor from 2007 until 2011.
Between 2003 and 2006, he served as a deputy governor under previous governor Rashidi Ladoja, and after Chief Ladoja was impeached, he became acting governor for eleven months.
What Killed Adebayo Aao Akala:
As of the time of reporting this article, his cause of death has not been revealed.
According to a local media source, The Nation, Akala departed Abuja on Tuesday, January 11 for Ilorin, then continued to Ogbomosho, where he died a day later at the age of 71.
Who Was Adebayo Alao Akala Brief Bio:
Alao-Akala was born on June 3, 1950, in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area. He attended Osupa Baptist Day School in Ogbomoso for his primary education.
Alao-Akala was assigned to the 5th Battalion of Infantry’s Kamina Barracks Middle School in Tamale, Ghana.
Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) Honoris Causa, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2006), Doctor of Science (Political Science) Honoris Causa, Lead City University, Ibadan (Psc) 1990, Diploma in Business Administration (1998), Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) Honoris Causa, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2006), Doctor of Science (Political Science) Honoris Causa, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2008).
In June 1974, Alao-Akala joined as a Cadet Inspector of Police at the Nigeria Police College in Ikeja.
He was recommended for international training at London’s Hendon Police College.
He also attended the Administrative Staff College in Topo, Badagry, as well as the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Victoria Island, Lagos, the Police Staff College in Jos, and the Command and Staff College in Jaji.
Otunba Alao-Akala has attended two INTERPOL conferences, one in Nice, France, and the other in Málaga, Spain, as a Nigerian delegate.
As a member of New Dimension, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala began his political career. He ran in the 1996 zero-party local government election and subsequently co-founded the UNP, which merged with the UNC to become the UNCP.
In 1997, he ran for the UNCP in the Ogbomoso Federal Constituency (One) primary election.
In 1998, he ran for and won the chairmanship of the Ogbomoso North Local Government, together with seven councilors, on the APP platform. Between 1999 and 2002, he served as vice-chairman of ALGON, Oyo State Chapter.
Alao-Akala established the Ogbomoso Unity Forum, a political party that ultimately merged with the PDP.
From 1999 to 2002, he served as Chairman of the Ogbomoso North Local Government.
From May 2003 to January 2006, Alao-Akala was the Deputy Governor of Oyo State. Alao-Akala was inducted into office in January 2006 after the then-incumbent Governor (Rashidi Ladoja) was impeached. He served for 11 months.
The Supreme Court reversed the impeachment in December 2006, and Rashidi Ladoja was restored. In 2007, Alao-Akala ran for and won the governorship election on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, and became the Executive Governor of Oyo State, serving until May 2011.