|Governor of Ondo State|
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
|Preceded by||Moses Fasanya|
|Succeeded by||Olusegun Agagu|
|Born||14 February 1931
|Died||30 March 2007|
Prior to becoming Governor of Ondo State, Adebayo Adefarati was appointed twice as commissioner under the late Yoruba and Afenifere Leader Pa. Michael Adekunle Ajasin. Adefarati was at some point the State Commissioner for Works and Transport (between 1979–1983). Adefarati was also a prominent member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) a leading organization in the fight against the military during the General Sani Abacha days.
Political intrigues and high wire politics which culminated in his alienation from many of his erstwhile comrades, major backers and the leading lights of his administration namely Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Late Chief Rufus Giwa, Dr. Akerele Adu, Dr. Olu Agunloye, Chief Yele Omogunwa, Senator Nimbe Farunkanmi, Dr. Awolowo Ajaka, Dr. ‘Tayo Dairo, Chief Niyi Omodara, Mr. Tunji Ariyo, Chief Jise Akinmurele, Chief Bamidele Awosika, Col. Akin Falaye (Rtd.) amongst others dealt a fatal blow to his second term bid and sealed the victory of Dr. Olusegun Agagu at the polls in April 2003. These people claimed dissillusionment with his administration while some claimed lack of transparency in the selection process adopted by the Alliance for Democracy in the selection of its gubernatorial candidate at that election.
The relationship of Chief Adebayo Adefarati with Pa. Ruben Fasoranti and Chief Olu Falae was just being repaired during the election thereby making the impacts of the duo of little consequence in his favour during the Nigerian general elections of 2003. Many of the aforementioned were to later regret their actions as history again repeated itself when Dr. Olusegun Agagu was himself removed from office by a coalition that included many of the previous players and was replaced by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko thus finally vindicating Chief Adebayo Adefarati.
Adefarati was governor of Ondo State from 1999 to 2003 before he was defeated when he ran for re-election in 2003. He was however not cowed as he later was a presidential candidate for the Alliance for Democracy party in the April 2007 presidential election, but died in Owo, Ondo State at the age of 76 of an undisclosed ailment a few weeks before the election. He had not been considered a major candidate, but his death raised the possibility that the election would be delayed. A spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission said that this would not happen, and that the party could name a replacement candidate. Adebayo Adefarati was a native of Akungba Akoko and was married to Adetutu Adefarati. As an Oloye of the Yoruba people, he held the traditional titles of the Otunba Elekole of Ikole and the Bobajiro of Osu-Ilesa.
- "Adefarati, AD Presidential candidate dies at 76", Vanguard (Nigeria), March 30, 2007.
- THISDAY NEWSPAPER http://www.thisdayonline.com/archive/2003/04/12/20030412deb01.html "Ondo: The Drama to Watch"
- "Nigeria death fails to halt poll", BBC News, March 29, 2007.