A former Governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola is dead. He died today at the age of 87. His widow, Lady Doja Otedola announced his death today in a statement in Lago.
Michael Otedola is father of billionaire oil magnate, owner of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola.
Lady Doja, in the statement said: “Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola passed away this morning at 87. Funeral arrangements to be announced later by the family.”
It was learnt that the former governor died of a stroke related ailment that has kept him from public glare for the past five years.
Born on July 16, 1926 at Odoragunsin in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State, the late Otedola won a scholarship to study Journalism at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London and graduated in 1958.
He returned to Nigeria in 1959 to become an information officer in the Western Nigeria Government and was later appointed the Editor of the Western Nigeria Illustrated.
In 1961, he moved to the Western Nigeria Television/Western Broadcasting Service and in 1964, he joined Mobil Oil Group of Companies.
Otedola continued as a consultant to Mobil after leaving the company in 1977 before joining politics that later saw him elected governor of Lagos State from 1992 to 1993 on the platform of the National Republican Convention.