94-year-old former senator and Yoruba leader, Ayo Fasanmi dies

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Ayo Fasanmi, APC Chieftain and Afenifere leader

Afenifere chieftain and former Senator of the second republic under the platform of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Ayo Fasanmi has died. According to a statement by his son, Afolabi, the pharmacist-trained politician died peacefully on Wednesday night in Oshogbo, Osun State.

Until his death, Fasanmi was a leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and one of the APC chieftains.

Born in 1925 at Iyin Ekiti, in Ekiti State, South-Western Nigeria, he attended St Paul’s primary school, Ebute Metta and Government School, Ibadan before he proceeded to the Pharmacy School of Yaba Higher College where he received a diploma certificate in pharmacy. He practised as a pharmacist at Oshogbo briefly before he ventured into politics.

Fasanmi was a candidate in the gubernatorial primary election under UPN founded by the sage, Obafemi Awolowo, but lost to Michael Adekunle Ajasin, former governor of Ondo State.

He was the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, and a Senator between 1979 and 1983. He also served at the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.

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