Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described the death of the founder and national leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Federick Fasehun, as shocking and a great loss to the state and Nigeria.
In a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the governor said that his death occurred on December 1, 2018.
Akeredolu describesd Fasehun as a “disciplined citizen, nationalist to the core and an intelligent medical practitioner who used his energy and other resources to fight for the interests of the common man.
The governor added that the deceased would be missed by lovers of justice and peace, stressing that “as a politician, Fasehun’s argument for egalitarian society where merit and equity are made parametric conditions for selecting leaders or people’s representatives will continue to dominate socio-political discourse.”
Also, former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, described the death of the OPC leader as the departure of a committed patriot and a worthy elder statesman with love and passion for the progress of the country.
Mimiko, in a statement, said thatposterity will always remember Fasehun as one of those who, through their patriotism and strong desire to see Nigeria work for all, staked all and displayed exceptional courage in the face of oppression to ensure the enthronement of a democratic government.”
The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, described the death of the Fasehun as a big loss to the country.
Afenifere publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said that the deceased would be greatly missed, addin that he was a prominent Yoruba and Nigerian citizen who dedicated his entire life to the service of humanity.
The 83-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after spending four days in the Intensive Care Unit.
Born in Ondo town, Ondo State in 1935, Fasehun was a medical doctor and hotelier and was responsible for the recent revival of the Unity Party of Nigeria, a party formed by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 1970s.
He formed the OPC to actualise the mandate of Chief MKO Abiola, widely reputed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential election, a poll annulled by the military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Fasehun was subsequently imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 during the military rule of the late junta, Gen. Sani Abacha.
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