Former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, has said the death of the late Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi has made him a political orphan.
Akande in a tribute made available to newsmen in Osogbo, described Fasanmi’s death as a great loss to the Yoruba nation and to Nigeria as a whole.
He recalled how Fasanmi introduced him to former premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and had played the role of a political godfather to him all along.
The former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress in his tribute said, “It is shocking and very painful to me personally because he was my political godfather since he introduced me to Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1977.
Akande’s tribute titled: ‘Tribute to my political godfather, Pa Ayo Fasanmi,’ read in part, “I’m suddenly made a political orphan by the passing of Papa Ayo Fasanmi at this point. It is shocking and very painful to me personally because he was my political godfather since he introduced me to Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1977.
“Papa Fasanmi along with his leader Chief Obafemi Awolowo were in the Regional House of Assembly and National House of Representatives during the Parliamentary system of Government in the Nigerian First Republic and he became a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the Presidential system of Government in the Second Republic.
“We were together in the National Constituent Assembly that wrote the 1979 Constitution for Nigeria. His wealth of experience as a progressive politician is mostly needed now that Nigeria is gradually taking steps towards consolidating democratic norms, hence a big vacuum has been created by his exit.
“He had consistently been a champion of democracy and good governance which he pursued till he breathed his last. His role in ensuring Yoruba has a place of its own in the politics of Nigeria will remain indelible while his contributions to the formation and sustenance of Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-political organisation can not be ignored.”
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