1st Memorial of Late Fasanmi: Gov Fayemi, Ex-Gov Akande, Afenifere leaders, ors in attendance
Edited by Ime Silas
They were gatherings of who is who in the political and traditional spheres of Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and indeed, the entire Southwestern States of Nigeria as events to mark the first anniversary celebrations of the departure of the late Afenifere Leader, Pa (Senator) Ayo Fasanmi were held at different locations in Ekiti state on July 29, 2021.
While some dignitaries were physically present to grace the occasions, some were represented.
Comrade Awa Bamiji, who was Special Adviser to the Late Senator Fasanmi, was present to capture the moments in details and is hereunder presented:
“Guests present at the St. John’s Anglican Church, Iye – Ekiti, included Their Excellencies, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Chief Bisi Akande, former Governor of Osun State, who doubles as former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others were, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Acting Leader of Afenifere and Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Emeritus Leader of Afenifere, Rt (Hon) Funminiyi Afuye, the Hon Speaker of Ekiti State and key Leaders of Afeniferes across the SW States”
According to Bamiji, Osun and Ondo States Governors were represented at the occasion.
“What makes this event different from the Burial ceremony that was held last year is the effect of coronavirus pandemic, which was very high a year ago and the Host Governor Kayode Fayemi was on isolation during the period.
The presence of Gov Fayemi, one of Baba Ayo Fasanmi’s closest political children, who doubles as the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, could be summarily interpreted as being a Representative of the 36 States’ Governors at the event”.
Bamiji notes “It’s better to die young and be celebrated than to pass on at old age without notice. “Ka ku lomode ko yeni, o san ju, ka dagba ka mo ni Adire Irana lo”, according to a Yoruba adage, but in this case, our late Leader died last year, 2 months to his 95th Birthday Anniversary and his celebration of life since then is not only noticed but eventful till date.
Apart from the main Venue of Reception, Benny Rose Hotel with a very large Compound at Iye – Ekiti, there were still other 2 locations which are separate Compounds of Pa (Senator) Ayo Fasanmi, where other Children and families are entertaining their Guests.
The various Cultural Groups and seasoned Musicians entertained these august gatherings.
“My official Team, including Hon. (Pastor) Tope Adebayo and Alhaji Asiri from Ede Town, Personal Assistant to Pa (Senator) Ayo Fasanmi and a member of Afenifere, Osun State, couldn’t do otherwise than to cut it short while this celebration was still on at night to pay homage to our dear brother, friend, veteran Comrade and one of the key god sons of Pa (Senator) Ayo Fasanmi, Oba Adeayo Adekunle Adeagbo Okinbaloye II, Oore of Otun Ekiti.
This “thank you visit”/homage ahead of his coronation anniversary, planned to last about thirty minutes in appreciation of his brotherly support and attendance at the event, later turned out to be a Conference of two hours to extensively dig out the mouthwatering history of this ancient Town which included having another traditional Palace inside the Enu – Owa Palace, Ile – Ife, of Ooni of Ife, till date because of the strong bond between first Oore or Oloore Oduduwa of Otun Ekiti and Oduduwa; the traditional position of Oore among Pelu Pelu Kings of Ekiti State, which makes him the Royal Head of all these Pelu pelu Kings in Ekiti State and other notable Traditional Rulers in Mushin, Lagos State; and in Benin Republic.
Part of discussions was on the support and prayers of Baba Ayo Fasanmi upon all of us as his Political Children to attain relevance in his lifetime, which eventually came into reality before his exit last year.
We are all really overwhelmed with massive support from every part of the world since a year ago and up untill today, in making this memorial event a huge success in the history of human Race.
Omo Rere a gbeyin wa o. Ona Ope wa ko l’opin”