By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As news of the demise of former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, took residents of the state by surprise, a close associate of the Akala family has revealed that the deceased was hale and hearty and watched the Nigera -Egypt football match in the ongoing Nations Cup competition yesterday in his Bodija redidence in Ibadan before travelling to his hometown, Ogbomoso.
Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala died in his sleep in the early hours of Wednesday in Ogbomoso town at the age of 71.
The associate who did not want his name mentioned, told Westerpost that the former governor never showed any sign of ill-health before embarking on the journey
Sympathisers from within and outside Ogbomoso town have since the announcement of his death, thronged his residence to mourn his demise.
Alao-Akala, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a former governor of the state, between 2007 and 2011.
He was also 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.