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The secrets you should know about Asiwaju Bola Tinubu



The secrets you should know about Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
10 secrets you should know about Tinubu.

– Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is one of Nigeria’s living legends.

– The history of modern Nigeria cannot be complete without the name of the former governor of Lagos state being mentioned

– It should not surprise Tinubu’s critics when Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state said the APC national leader has become a pillar in Yorubaland and Nigeria

– There is a new school of thought of politicians who believe Tinubu’s political sojourn has surpassed that of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo

1. Education:

Bola Tinubu attended St John’s Primary School in Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan. He thereafter left for Richard Daley College, Chicago, Illinois, and later Chicago state University, both in the USA. He obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1979.

2. Achievements in education:

The former Lagos state governor was always on the Dean’s list and was a Custodian of the Outstanding Student’s Award, also the University Scholar’s Award and a Certificate of Merit in Accounting and Finance, after he scored 3.54 out of a possible 4.0 Grade Point Average.

3. Career experience:

The APC national leader worked with Arthur Anderson, Deloitte and Sells and GTE Services Corporation. He worked with Mobil Oil, Nigeria in 1983.

4. Political journey:

He joined active politics in the early 1990s. He joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP), where he clinched the party’s primary ticket to contest the Lagos West Senatorial District election, which he won against the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC).

5. Experience with the IBB government:

Tinubu was assaulted and arrested for his anti-government stance many times. He constantly criticised the government.

6. Experience with Sani Abacha’s government:

The former senator was forced to leave the shores of the country due to frequent assassination attempts on his life. He went on exile and thereafter joined the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), with other critics of the Abacha regime. It was there other pro-NADECO members and Tinubu came up with Radio Kudirat, which later became a thorn in the flesh of the Abacha government.

7. Life as a governor:

He became the third democratically elected governor of Lagos state under the Alliance for Democracy (AD), after the return of democracy in 1999. He served two terms. He helped to increase the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state to billions of naira.

8. Students of Tinubu’s school of politics:

The number of politicians who served under the tutelage of the number one Yoruba political stalwart are numerous. They include: Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria; Babatunde Raji Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing and one time governor of Lagos state, Rauf Aregbesola, Osun state governor, among others.

9. Surpassing Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s political record:

Although, Chief Awolowo gave life to the Yoruba race, through his free education programme while he was the Premier of the Western Region in the late 1950s. However, Tinubu is the first Yoruba politician, whose party while in the opposition defeated a ruling party in a presidential election, thereby controlling the central government.

10. Surviving the PDP’s onslaught:

When the other AD governors of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun and Oyo all lost their second term re-election in 2003 to the PDP, it was only Tinubu, who used his political wits to win his second term. He survived as the only AD governor in the whole of the 36 states of the federation, thereby becoming a lone ranger.

However, he never got discouraged or overwhelmed, as he galvanised forces and resources together, with other politicians of like minds to change the face of opposition party politics. In a matter of a few years, he and others formed the APC, which now has 22 state governors under its belt.

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