Bola Tinubu

Bola Tinubu is a Nigerian Politicain born on 29 March 1952 in Lagos to the illustrious Tinubu family.

He is a chieftain of the Asiwaju of Lagos and that of the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in the Northern Niger State of Nigeria

Tinubu’s Early Life And Education

Bola Tinubu attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan before he traveled to the United States in 1975, where he had his secondary education at Richard J. Daley College Chicago, Illinois. After which he gained admission into the Chicago State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1979.

Career

After graduation, Bola Tinubu worked with Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, and GTE Services Corporation, both in the United States of Nigeria. In 1983, he returned to Nigeria and worked with Mobil Oil Nigeria, where he rose to the position of an executive in the company.

Bola Tinubu’s Political Involvement

Bola’s journey into politics began in 1992 when he contested and won the seat of a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the Lagos West constituency.

After the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, Bola Tinubu founded National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) with some other Nigerians, a group that advocated for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the 12 June results. In the year 1994, Bola Tinubu went into exile and later came back in the year 1998 when Sani Abacha had died.

Bola Tinubu contested for the position of the governor of Lagos State in the year 1999, and was elected in the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD). In April 2003, after the expiration of his first term in office, he was re-elected for a second term.

He was involved in a struggle with the Federal government over whether Lagos State had the right to create new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to meet the needs of its large population. The controversy led to the Federal government seizing funds meant for local councils in the state.

In 2007, Bola Tinubu, was brought before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for trial over alleged illegal operation of 16 separate foreign accounts. Two years later, he and Governors James Ibori of Delta State and Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State were cleared of charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Bola Tinubu is currently the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party with president Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

Bola’s Personal Life

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, a Senator of central Lagos State. A woman described and well know by her good taste immense respect for the people of Lagos and her husband.

They have three children together – Olwaseyi Tinubu, Abibat Tinubu and Folashade Tinubu-Ojo. His youngest daughter, Abibat Tinubu, graduated from a Music college in Boston, Massachusetts, US in 2013.

Controversies

Although Bola Tinubu is just the national head of the APC and not the president of the country, it has been alleged that he dictates what President Buhari does and has attained the level of an untouchable grandfather in the country.

A proof of this is the fact that despite all the rumors of fraudulent activities linked to his name, the EFCC has not gotten around to interrogating him.