Ayo Fasanmi

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Ayorinde Fasanmi is a Nigerian pharmacist and politician who was a gubernatorial candidate in the UPN's Ondo primary election in 1978. He alter became a senator for Ondo north during the Nigerian second republic and also in 1992. Before becoming a senator, he was an Osogbo based pharmacist. In the fourth republic, he served as the national vice chair of the AD, Southwest and supported the choice of Adebisi Akande as the party's national chairman in 2003. (1)

He was a prominent member of a faction of the Yoruba group Afenifere which comprised of former AD governors and was opposed to the third term agenda of former President Obasanjo. However, he was chairman of a committee that sealed a deal with the governing PDP during the 2003 elections.(2)


Fasanmi was born in Iye-Ekiti, Ekiti State. He was educated at St Paul's School, Ebutte Metta, St Mark, Offa, and the Government School, Ibadan. He then went to the Pharmacy School of Yaba where he earned his diploma. He worked for the General Hospitals, at Lagos, Ibadan, Osogbo and Oyo.

In 1978, he joined the Unity Party of Nigeria and contested in the Ondo governorship primary where he lost to Adekunle Ajasin, he later won a senatorial election and was re-elected again, deafeating Olu Adesina of the NPN in 1983.

He is a former president of the Nigerian pharmaceutical society.

Electoral history

1979 Ondo North senatorial election

  • Fasanmi UPN - 77,718
  • C.A. Bamgboye NPN - 4,570
  • J.B. Aduloju GNPP - 761