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Frederick Fasehun, OPC Founder, clocks 80 today (Monday)

Dr. Fredrick Fasehun
Dr. Fredrick Fasehun
Founder and President of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, clocks 80 years old today (Monday), September 21.
According to a statement by Felix Oboagwina, Publicity Secretary, Fasehun at 80 Birthday Anniversary, Governors Segun Mimiko of Ondo State and Akinwunmi Ambode have been lined up as Chief Host and Host Governor to lead activities scheduled to celebrate the Octogenarian.
Royal Fathers of the Day will be the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Osemawe of Ondo, Alaiyeluwa Oba Victor Adesimbo Ademefun Kiladejo, Jilo III.
Events for the celebration kick off today, Monday, with a Communion/Thanksgiving Service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Ajele Street, Faji, Lagos Island.
Tuesday and Wednesday will see Fasehun leading a team of medical personnel to conduct medical examination and healthcare counselling for inmates of Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons, places where the celebrant underwent detention over his political activities.
Thursday will feature visits to Motherless Babies’ Homes, while Friday and Saturday have been respectively dedicated to entertainment hosted by OPC at Century Hotel, Okota, and a Grand Celebration with King Sunny Ade on the grandstand at Yard 158 Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos.
Born September 21, 1935, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, a medical practitioner, founded OPC, a Yoruba socio-cultural organisation in 1994, in the wake of the nullification of the June 12, 1993 election, believed to have been won by Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola.
This agitation would later see him joining other pro-democracy leaders to found the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).
Nigeria’s pioneer Acupuncturist, Fasehun first trained as a Medical Doctor at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and he later did postgraduate studies in Anaesthesiology.
He later won the United Nations’ sponsorship to China to study Acupuncture, and thereafter established the Department of Acupuncture at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
In 1979, Fasehun established Besthope Hospital, and followed with Century Hotel in 1987.
Dr. Fasehun first embraced politics when he helped found the defunct Nigeria Labour Party and became its pioneer Chairman and Presidential Aspirant.
As agitations for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 elections mushroomed, Fasehun formed OPC in 1994 and combined forces with other pro-Democrats to found the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), an umbrella platform for the struggle.
Dr. Frederick Fasehun severally paid the price for the entrenchment and survival of Nigeria’s democracy, including being imprisoned for 19 months (from December 1996 to June 1998) during the Military rule of General Sani Abacha.
A smattering of politically-influenced detentions has also seen him kissing the bars of detention facilities and prisons like Alagbon Police Custody in Lagos, Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos, Kuje Prisons in Abuja, Abuja Police Headquarters and others.
In March 2013, Dr. Frederick Fasehun began to lead the resuscitation of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), and remains its (UPN) National Chairman.

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