Nigerians have been struck with another sad news as the death of former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao Akala, was pronounced on Wednesday.
The popular politician reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday, January 12 in Ogbomoso.
Alao Akala is a respected personality in Nigeria having served as governor of Oyo state between 2007 and 2011.
As Nigerians across the globe continue to mourn the deceased, Koboinfo have highlighted ten notable facts everyone should know about Alao Akala lifetime before his death.
1. Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala was born on the 3rd June 1950 at Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
2. He attended Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso for his elementary school before proceeding to the Kamina Barracks Middle School, 5th Battalion of Infantry in Tamale, Ghana.
3. His love for education saw him bag certificates at various institutions that are listed below:
Passed Staff College (Psc) 1990
Diploma in Business Administration (1998)
Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) Honoris Causa LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2006)
Doctor of Science (Political Science)
Honoris Causa, Lead City University, Ibadan (2008)
4. Alao Akala was a police officer before he joined politics.
During his time at the police force, he held various positions that includes the Personal Assistant to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police and subsequently the ADC to the Inspector-General of Police
5. He started his political career as a member of New Dimension, participating in the zero-party local government election of 1996.
6. He co-founded the UNP before its fusion with UNC to form UNCP.
7. Alao Akala served as a deputy governor under former governor, Rashidi Ladoja between 2003 and 2006, when Chief Ladoja was impeached and consequently became the acting governor for eleven months.
8. He contested and won the gubernatorial election in 2007 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and became the Executive Governor of Oyo state.
Alao Akala served a full term till May 2011.
9. In December, 2014, the former governor defected to the Labour Party and contested in the governorship election.
10. Alao-Akala is blessed with seven children and was a polyglot who spoke English, Yoruba, Hausa and Ghanaian languages (Twi, Fanti and Dagbani).