The erstwhile governor of Oyo state Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala is a Nigerian Politician who hails from Ogbomoso, a town in Oyo state, he was once a police officer, getting deep into his background and upbringing, there is a lot of worthwhile knowing information about him
Adebayo Alao-Akala Biography
Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala is a Nigerian politician and the erstwhile Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, born on 3rd June 1950 at Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area
Early Life & Education
Adebayo Alao-Akala attended his elementary school at Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso. Then proceeded to the Kamina Barracks Middle School, 5th Battalion of Infantry Tamale, Ghana.
After his studies at the Kamina Barracks Middle School, he furthered to Government Technical College, Tamale, Ghana and Ogbomoso High School, Ogbomoso.
Otunba (Dr) Alao-Akala continues his studies at Nigeria’s premier high institution, the University of Ibadan.
In dues course he obtained the following certificates, the First school Leaving Certificate obtained in 1962, West African School Certificate (1972), ASCON Certificate (1985), 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 (2008).
His Excellency, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala has attended several career development courses. He was enlisted as Cadet Inspector of Police in June 1974 at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja. Following his brilliant performance, he was recommended for overseas training at the Metropolitan Police Training School, Peel Centre, Hendon, London.
He has also attended the Administrative Staff College, Topo, Badagry; the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos; Police Staff College, Jos; Command and Staff College, Jaji. Otunba Alao-Akala has participated as a Nigerian delegate at two INTERPOL Conferences in Nice, France and Malaga, Spain.
He speaks English, Yoruba, Hausa, (Twi, Fanti and Dagbani) and Ghanaian Languages
He became the Administrative Officer Police Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Lagos right from position of Station Officer. Then got into the position of Operations Officer, FEDOPS, Lagos. He became the Personal Assistant to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police and subsequently the ADC to the Inspector-General of Police.
Alao-Akala held several command positions in the Police Force. He was O/C Advanced Training Wing, Police College, Ikeja; Divisional Police Officer, Bode Thomas, Lagos; Divisional Police Officer, Iponri Police Station, Lagos; Railway Divisional Police Officer, Nigeria Railways, Ebutte Meta, Lagos; Area Commander, Western District, Nigeria Railway Police, Ibadan; CSP Admin. Gongola State Command, Yola; CSP Admin. Kwara State Command, Ilorin; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Agodi Area Command, Ibadan, Oyo State Police Command, Ibadan. In September 1995, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo retired from the Nigeria Police as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Logistics and Supply, Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan. Besides public service, Dr. Alao-Akala is a businessman. He is the founder and chairman of TDB Global Ventures and Parrot FM radio station, both in Ogbomoso, Oyo State
Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala started his political career as a member of New Dimension, a political association of progressive young elements. Where he participated in the zero-party local government election of 1996 and later co-founded the UNP before its fusion with UNC to form UNCP. In the 1997 local government elections, Otunba Alao-Akala sponsored the chairmanship candidate and seven councilors to victory on the ticket of the UNCP. He participated in the Ogbomoso Federal Constituency (One) primary election of the UNCP in 1997. He contested and won the chairmanship seat of the Ogbomoso North Local Government along with seven councilors under the platform of APP in 1998. He was elected vice-chairman of ALGON, Oyo State Chapter between 1999 and 2002. A versatile and visionary political leader, Alao-Akala founded the Ogbomoso Unity Forum, a political association which later joined the PDP. He was the Executive Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government from 1999 to 2002.
He became the Deputy Governor of Oyo State from May 2003 to January 2006. And became the Executive Governor of Oyo State in January 2006, a position he occupied till May 2011.
On 8th December 2014, Otunba (Dr) Adebayo Alao-Akala defected to the Labor Party in Oyo State due to internal irregularities in his former party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 10th December 2014, he formally declared his intention to re-contest the gubernatorial election of Oyo State on the platform of the Labor Party in the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria. During his declaration of intent, all other party gubernatorial aspirants stepped down for him, thereby making him emerge as the Labor party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in Oyo State.
Alao-Akala has received several honorary chieftaincy tittles, commendations, recognitions, and awards so far, among which are: Otun of the Source, Otunba of Akinmorin, Bobajiro of Owu Kingdom, Basorun Atunluto of Akure, Mayegun of Okeho, Akogun of Ilua, Aare Asoludero of Ibarapa, Agbaakin of Iseyin, Ariwajoye of Ede land, Atunluse of Ife Odan, Balogun of Igbojaye land, Aare Kebimapalu of Oyo State and Bobagunwa of Ogbomosoland.
He is married and has seven children and died on 12 January 2022, at the age of 71
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