Victor Omololu Olunloyo, the governor of Oyo State in 1983, has been moved to the intensive care unit at University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
Earlier, reports said that Olunloyo had died on Friday afternoon in Ibadan.
However, the family confirmed that the 87-year-old father of social media journalist Kemi Olunloyo, is not dead but in a critical condition that needs prayer.
The message from the family reads: “We appreciate the public for the interest shown in the well-being of our father, Chief Dr. Victor Omololu Sowemimo OLUNLOYO (aka VOSO).
“In the tradition of the OLUNLOYO family of Ibadanland, and based on the principles of integrity, inclusion, and openness upon which our revered father VOSO has always stood, we would like to inform the Nigerian public that we would greatly appreciate your prayers for our father who is presently in the ICU at UCH Ibadan.
“As a public figure, we believe that his condition should not be hidden from the Nigerian public who have a right to know about their leaders.
“Please accept our most sincere thanks for your all concern and goodwill.
“May God Almighty bless you all and our dear country Nigeria.”