A Ibadan based billionaire, Chief Harry Ayoade Akande is dead.
The international business man died on Saturday morning at the age of 77, after a brief illness.
Late Akande was born in 1943 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Akande, the Agba Oye of Ibadanland, was a presidential aspirant on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
A statement by a member of his family, Olumide Akande, said: Chief Akande died in the early hours of Saturday, December 5, 2020.
The statement read: “Our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness. Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
“But 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.
“His passing is a huge shock to his immediate and extended family, friends and associates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it.
“As 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.”