Wednesday, July 29 brought an end to the life of one of the most decorated and illustrious politicians in Southwest Nigeria- Pa Ayo Fasanmi, an Elder Statesman par excellence. While the airwaves continue to reverberate the demise of the man who affected the political landscape of Western Nigeria in many ways, Daily Times brings six things to know about the great Pa Fasanmi.
1 A Son of the Soil
Pa Ayo Fasanmi was born at Iye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Western Nigeria, in 1925.
Pa Fasanmi attended St. Paul’s Primary School, Ebutte-Metta, Government School, Ibadan and Yaba School of Pharmacy where he was awarded a diploma certificate in Pharmacy.
3 Professional Practice
Pa Fasanmi practised as a pharmacist at Oshogbo, before he delved into politics
4 Personal Life
Pa Fasanmi was married to the late Madam Adejoke, who died in October, 2014
5 Political Career
During his active days in politics, Pa Fasanmi contested for the office of the Governor of Ondo State, but lost in the primaries to the eventual winner, Michael Adekunle Ajasin. In 1979 he was elected into the Nigerian senate. He would go on to serve as member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ondo North. During the Fourth Republic, he served as National Vice Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, Southwest zone. The late icon also served as National President, Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria as well as constituting a member, Board of Directors of the old Western Nigeria Housing Corporation. He was also a Chieftain of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC)
Until his demise on July 29, Pa Fasanmi was an active leader as well as a former National Leader of the Yoruba group- Afenifere, a socio-cultural group geared towards promoting the interest of the then Western political circle.