The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State, has paid tribute to former Governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, who died on Wednesday.
The party in a condolence message issued on Thursday, commiserated with the family of the former party chieftain, Naija News reports.
According to PDP, Akala had died at a time his wealth of experience was most needed.
The party chairman, Dayo Ogungbenro who made this disclosure in a statement on Thursday said Akala was a very dedicated politician who is committed to his state.
He prayed to God to grant the family of the deceased fortitude to bear the loss.
Naija News understands the retired police officer served as deputy governor between 2003 and 2007 during the administration of former Governor, Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.
Alao-Akala was the Chairman of the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area between 1999 and 2002.
Alao-Akala, a native of Ogbomoso, was until his death the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, said that the deceased was very passionate about the state.
The party said it received the news of Alao-Akala’s death with rude shock.
The statement read partly, “Death, of course, is an incontrovertible debt all mortals must pay but the exit of loved ones leaves pain and sore taste to swallow especially when they depart at a time their wealth of experience in public service and service to humanity are still needed.
“While we still brood over these losses Oyo state was hit again by the sudden death of the former governor, Otunba Bayo Alao Akala, who held sway as the number one citizen of the state for four years on the platform of PDP,” he said.
“Akala was always full of life and beaming with smiles even at such advanced age of 71 years old but we submit to and take solace in the will of God Almighty because we know that from dust all mortals were made and to dust all must return.
“It is our earnest prayer as a political party and as a people that God grant the entire Akala family the fortitude to bear the pain of his passing and the deceased the eternal rest.”
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