Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has declared the State lost its most experienced politician in ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala who died on Wednesday.

Makinde, who said he was shocked to receive the news of the death of the former Governor, recounted his recent interaction where the late Ogbomoso political stalwart gave him his word to flag off the Ogbomoso-Iseyin road project.

He spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased at his Opadoyin Lodge residence, Randa area, in Ogbomoso.

While addressing the widows, family and political associates of the late former Governor, Makinde described him as a leader, brother, mentor and grassroots man.

He said the late Alao-Akala was a lover of Ogbomoso and Oyo State who did his best as Governor.

Makinde said: “I still spoke to him four, five days back. I was arguing with somebody that I want to ask the former governor to come and flag off the Ogbomoso-Iseyin road project and the person objected that Alao-Akala will deal with it politically and not accept.

“So, I put the call across and he said he will be there to flag it off. He only requested to be given 48hours notice once I choose the date and I was looking forward to it. But, who are we to question God.

 

“Sometimes, it is not how long but how well. In this house, I can see people across all political leanings in Oyo State.

“It is not how long but how well and I will explain it to you. Here, we have my brother, Senator Teslim Folarin. I can also see Hon. Segun Odebunmi (Bunvic) and almost all the political leanings in Oyo State are here.

“Not only Ogbomoso but the entire Oyo State has lost perhaps the most experienced politician that this state has ever produced.

“He is a grassroots man from being a local government Chairman to deputy governor, acting governor and governor. Who else has that credential in this state? Even in the moment of our grief, we must remember that God was gracious unto him.

“He mentored some of us. On the outside, we might be talking politics.

“During my birthday last December, the two of us sat here sharing drink. People may think that politically we are not together but in terms of love for our state, we were together.

“He loved this state so much and he did his best for this state as the governor.

“There are others who may not love the state by their actions and decisions. He once told me that if we commit a mistake, it must be a mistake from the head not from the heart.

“When I became governor and said I may make mistake. It was in taking a cue from him.

“The loss is not just for the family but for the entire Oyo state. I pray God should uphold the left behind.

“There are few things that the two of us agreed to do and those found still relevant will be done.”

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