A former presidential aspirant and international businessman, Chief Harry Ayoade Akande, is dead.
Akande, who was the Agba Oye of Ibadanland, died after a brief illness in the early hours of Saturday. He was was aged 77.
Akandeâ€™s death was announced in a statement on Saturday by Olumide Akande, who described the death of the businessman as a huge shock to the family.
The statement read, â€œChief Harry Ayoade Akande, Agba Oye of Ibadanland (March 3, 1943-December 5, 2020)
â€œIn the early hours of Saturday, December 5, 2020, our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness.
â€œChief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
â€œBut by far his greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.
â€œHis passing is a huge shock to his immediate and extended family, friends and iassociates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it.
â€œAs we seek the repose of his gentle soul, we ask you to in turn to uphold us in your prayers while we pass through this very turbulent period of our lives occasioned by the loss of someone as dear as him.â€
Akande was a one-time Chairman, Board of Trustees of the All Nigeria Peoples Party during his lifetime.