Bola Ahmed Tinubu: A Political Titan
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a name that resonates with Nigerian politics, and for good reason. He is a former Governor of Lagos State, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and currently the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the biggest political parties in Nigeria. Tinubu’s political influence is undeniable, making him one of the most significant figures in Nigerian politics.
Tinubu, fondly referred to as the “Jagaban of Lagos,” was born on March 29, 1952, in Lagos Island, Lagos State. He started his political career in the second republic when he was elected as a member of the Senate. Tinubu’s time in the Senate was short-lived, as the military takeover in 1983 brought the second republic to an end.
Tinubu’s ascendancy to the position of Governor of Lagos State came about in 1999, after Nigeria returned to democratic rule. He contested on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and his campaign focused on reducing the debt profile of Lagos State and improving the state’s infrastructure. His pragmatic approach to governance earned him the trust and respect of Lagosians, making him one of the most successful Governors in the state’s history.
Tinubu’s political influence extends beyond Lagos State, as he played a significant role in the formation of the APC in 2013. The merger of the then-opposition parties, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was a masterstroke by Tinubu. The APC went on to defeat the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections, marking the first time an opposition party would defeat the ruling party in Nigeria’s democratic history.
Tinubu’s efforts in building and sustaining APC remain an essential part of the party’s success seven years after its formation. He has been instrumental in ensuring that the party retains its majority in the National Assembly and controls several states’ governments. The APC’s recent victory in the recently concluded Lagos East senatorial by-election is a testament to Tinubu’s continued political relevance.
In conclusion, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has played a significant role in Nigeria’s political history, particularly in the democratic era. His pragmatic approach to governance, and his political acumen, has endeared him to many Nigerians. Tinubu’s contribution to the formation and sustenance of the APC cannot be overstated, and his political relevance remains a force to be reckoned with.