Chief Akin Omoboriowo, a former Deputy Governor of the Old Ondo State is dead. He passed on at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos on Tuesday. Street Journal gathered that his demise was as a result of complications from prostrate cancer.
Omoboriowo, a lawyer was elected as Deputy Governor of Ondo State in 1979, being the running mate of Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin who ran on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). He however crossed over to the National Party of Nigeria and contested against Chief Ajasin in 1983. Omoboriowo was declared winner of the governorship election by the then Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO), the declaration however sparked off riots all over Ondo State resulting in the death of famous politicians like Chief Henry Olaiya Fagbamigbe, then a member of the House of Reps, Hon Sam Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly and Chief Olu Agbayewa, the then Chairman of the council in Akure.
The election however became a cause of litigation and it was eventually reversed before Omoboriowo could assume office.
Omoboriowo, an Ijero Ekiti indigene was one of the people at the forefront of the push for the creation of Ekiti State and he later became the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ado Ekiti.