Wednesday’s announcement of the death of a former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has literally changed the status of Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, another former Governor in the State, DAILY POST reports.
DAILY POST recalls that Alao-Akala, who ruled the state as Governor between 2007 and 2011, died on Wednesday in his hometown, Ogbomoso.
The ex-governor died at the age of 71.
Alao-Akala had earlier served as Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government Area.
DAILY POST, however, gathered that the death of Alao-Akala, a former police officer, had changed the status of another former Governor, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, to become the only former Governor in the State who served in the present fourth republic.
Oyo State, which was created in 1976, has produced five Governors since the beginning of the fourth republic in 1999.
All the governors who ruled the State since 1999 are from Ibadan, the State capital, except Alao-Akala who is from Ogbomoso.
The five personalities include late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina who served as Governor between 1999 and 2003, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja who served between 2003 and 2007, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who served as Governor between 2007 and 2011, late Abiola Ajimobi who served between 2011 and 2019 and the incumbent Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde.
Our correspondent recalls that Adesina died in 2012.
Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, fondly known as Lam Adesina won the election on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He died nine years after he left Agodi government house.
Ajimobi died in June 2020.
Ajimobi, who was the only governor to rule the State for two consecutive terms of eight years (8), won the elections on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria which later metamorphosed into All Progressives Congress (APC.
Ajimobi died one year after he left the office.
Our correspondent recalls that Alao-Akala died on Wednesday, 12th January at the age of 71.
Alao-Akala died ten years, seven months after he left office.
The death of Alao-Akala changed the status of Ladoja to be the only former Governor of the fourth republic in the State.
Ladoja, is now the only person to be referred to as a former Governor of the State who served in the present fourth republic, because all the people who served before and after him have died.
Ladoja is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land.