ALL Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday commiserated with the progressive bloc over the demise of Senator Ayo Fasanmi, a leader of Afenifere, Yoruba socio-political group.
In a tribute titled: “Pa Fasanmi: Loyal to progressive cause to the end”, the former Lagos State governor said the country has lost a colourful, principled and courageous politician and elder statesman.
He hailed the deceased leader for his advocacy of true federalism, honesty and commitment to the progressive creed.
Tinubu said: “I commiserate with the family, associates and progressives throughout our country, the South-west and Ekiti State in particular over the passing of eminent politician, elder statesman and beloved leader of Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi. With his passing, we have lost someone special and excellent in every way.
“Papa’s long sojourn on earth was for the good of all. He walked at the vanguard of all democrats, freedom fighters and believers in true federalism. To have lived to the age of 94 was God’s gift not only to him and his family, but to this nation he loved so deeply.
“A colourful personality, Papa was principled, courageous and honest. He was a loyal and dependable ally of the indomitable Chief Obafemi Awolowo. For all his life, Pa Fasanmi practiced and advanced the virtues he learned at the feet of his leader. He never betrayed those values.
“Like American civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, who was buried today (Thursday, July 30), Papa Fasanmi remained faithful to the truth for which he suffered greatly. Yet, no matter the cost, he never strayed from his principles. A brave man, he never flinched at the prospect of speaking truth to power.”
He added: “I had a close relationship with Papa Fasanmi, dating back many years. He was a mentor and role model to me and many others who believe in progressive politics as a means to uplift our society and its people. When Papa was recently admitted to the hospital for age-related sickness, I spoke to him and followed up with his close aide to monitor his situation”.