DR. FREDERICK FASEHUN –HIS DOSSIER
Born September 21, 1935, this University of Aberdeen, Scotland-trained Medical Doctor later did postgraduate studies in Anaesthesiology, before winning the United Nations’ sponsorship to China to study Acupuncture, the first Nigerian to do so. He thereafter founded 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 in 1989. He thereafter in 1990 joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP), where he became a Presidential Aspirant. However, due to what he perceived as the unhealthy monetising of the presidential race, Fasehun opted out of the contest. After Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola won the June 12 presidential polls on the platform of the SDP, Fasehun formed the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in 1994, and combined forces with other pro-Democrats to found the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), an umbrella platform for the struggle for June 12. Dr. Frederick Fasehun had founded OPC in answer to the Military’s annulling of the presidential election of June 12, 1993, won by Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, and adjudged Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever, by even the usually sceptical international community.
At its zenith, Fasehun’s OPC registered a membership estimated at 6 million-strong, a testimonial to his amazing organisational skills.
Dr. Frederick Fasehun severally paid the price for the entrenchment and survival of Nigeria’s democracy. Imprisoned for 19 months (from December 1996 to June 1998) during the Military rule of General Sani Abacha, Fasehun passed through the infamous Inter-Centre, a detention facility located in the heart of the Ikoyi Cemetery in Lagos. A smattering of politically-influenced detentions has also seen him kissing the bars of notorious detention facilities and prisons like Alagbon Police Command in Lagos, Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos, Kuje Prisons in Abuja, Abuja Police Headquarters and others.
Undaunted by these travails, he remains the Chairman of the Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria (CENN) and the Grand Patron of the Democratic Alliance for Youths (DAY).
In March 2013, Dr. Frederick Fasehun began to lead the group of patriotic Nigerians dedicated to the resuscitation of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), not only as an alternative political vehicle, but a time-tested vehicle, capable of driving the development that Nigeria so badly needs. Today, in the legendary footsteps of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the greatest Yoruba leader in contemporary history, Dr. Fasehun reigns as the Chairman of UPN.
Today, by virtue of his role in Nation-Building, Dr. Fasehun stands out as a bright star in the country’s galaxy of elder statesmen.