Ekiti proud to have produced Fasanmi – Fayemi

Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has described the late Afenifere leader Ayo Fasanmi as one of the heroes of democracy.

The Fourth Republic senator who hailed from Iye -Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area, Ekiti State died on Thursday aged 94.

Mr Fayemi, in a statement by his chief press secretary Yinka Oyebode, described Pa Fasanmi as a steadfast ‘Awoist’ and committed progressive who was a torchbearer for younger progressives in his lifetime.

The governor said the death of Fasanmi had robbed Nigeria of one of her most selfless politicians and patriots who demonstrated unalloyed commitment for a better country where justice and equity occupy a place of pride.

He noted that Pa Fasanmi was a politician who was consistent with the progressive ideology as demonstrated in his membership of the Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria, Social Democratic Party, Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria and All Progressives Congress.

Fayem who is also chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said Ekiti is proud to have produced Fasanmi who served as a parliamentarian at different times in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Fayemi recalled the pivotal role played by Fasanmi as a chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in the fight to revalidate the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Moshood Abiola.

He said the late Pa Fasanmi demonstrated courage in his stand against military dictatorship.

The governor described Pa Fasanmi as a renowned pharmacist who made a name in the profession leading to his emergence as the national president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in 1977.

Fayemi said all these sterling qualities exhibited by Fasanmi informed the decision by his administration to name one of the four new secondary schools in the state capital after the late elder statesman in 2019.

“Our highly revered Pa Fasanmi lived a good life, ran a good race and has gone home for a well-deserved rest.

“There is no doubt we shall miss his wise counsel, but we are consoled with the fact he lived a good life and left a good legacy. Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort his family.” Fayemi said.