Bola Tinubu’s Birth
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria, is a veteran politician, an astute leader, a strategist of success and trustee of All Progressive Congress Party. Born 29 March 1952 in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. He attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan. Tinubu went to the United States in 1975, where he studied first at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois and then at Chicago State University. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Tinubu worked for American companies Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, and GTE Services Corporation. After returning to Nigeria in 1983 Bola Tinubu joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, and later becoming an Executive of the company.
His political career began in 1992, on the platform of the Social Democratic Party in the faction of the Peoples Front led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and other politicians in the faction such as Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu when he was elected to the Nigerian Senate representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic. After the results of the 12 June 1993 presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the 12 June results. He went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of military dictator Sani Abacha, which ushered in a transition to civilian rule.
Tinubu As Executive Governor of Lagos State
In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders, Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections in competition with Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former Minister of Works and Housing. In April 1999, he stood for the position of Executive Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket and was elected.
When he assumed office in May 1999, he made large investments in education in the state. He also initiated new road construction, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state. He went for a reelection in April 2003 alongside a new deputy governor, Femi Pedro and won.
Following the victory by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a “mega-party” capable of challenging the PDP in 2011. In July 2009, he called for implementation of electoral reforms spelled out in the Uwais report to ensure that the 2011 elections would be as free and fair as the elections of 1993 had been.
Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator representing Lagos central.
In appreciation for his laudable contributions and services to berth a new Nigeria, he is hereby honoured by THE NIGERIAN IMAGE with an Award of Excellence as A Very Distinguished Nigerian.
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