The Osi Bashorun of Ibadanland, Dr Azeez Adeduntan and Mr Gbenga Opadotun, a former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council, have congratulated former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala on his 70th birthday.
The duo in their separate congratulatory messages made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, commended Alao-Akala for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state.
The former APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election said that Alao-Akala left behind legacies of excellence while at the helm of affairs in the Nigeria Police Force and as Oyo State governor.
“I admire Otunba Alao-Akala for his pragmatism in politics, native intelligence, ability not to be taken as a fool easily, ability to always have an entry and exit strategy in any political party he joins without packing all his eggs in one basket,” he said.
He lauded Alao-Akala’s forthrightness, patriotism and passion in working for the good of the state, country and humanity which would continue to stand him out as a resourceful manager, exemplary leader and patriot.
Adeduntan, also urged the former governor to remain steadfast in love and loyalty to Nigeria.
He urged him to use his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to contribute more to the development of the state through mentoring of young leaders.
“On behalf of my family and supporters, I hereby join the family, friends and associates of the former governor in celebrating this important milestone and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.
The former NUJ chairman said that Alao-Akala exhibited high level of generousity and humility as a police officer, local government chairman and governor.
“I told Alao-Akala every day that I was in his house to thank him for allowing a level-playing ground during the election and to solicit support for the NUJ as we are confronted with myriad of challenges, one of which is transportation.
“He told me that as soon as the buses they ordered were delivered, NUJ would get one. That was how the bus we are still using till date was donated by the former governor.
“The donation of the new 14-seater Hummer bus was one of the several support of Alao-Akala to journalism and the union in the state,” he said.
Opadotun said that he hoped that the incumbent, Gov. Seyi Makinde would donate another one as the old bus had seen better days.
“I also rejoice with my Mama, Chief (Mrs) Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, on this great celebration. She has been a source of strength, courage and love over the years to her darling heartthrob.
“She exhibited a high level of support to the celebrant,” he said.