Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after winning the party’s primary.
The popular politician is regarded as a patriotic elder statesman and Pan-Africanist who commands the respect of Nigerians from various works of life.
As things stand, Tinubu will become the next president of Nigeria if he emerges victorious in the 2023 presidential election.
Skabash.com presents to you 11 facts you probably didn’t know about Bola Tinubu.
- Tinubu was born on 29 March 1952 in Osun State, Nigeria. His mother’s name is Abibatu Mogaji. She was a trader that later became the Iyaloja of Lagos.
- For his primary education, he attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan. He then studied first at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois in 1975 and then at Chicago State University, United States of America. He holds a degree in Accounting from Chicago State University.
- Tinubu was awarded the prestigious Sumna cum laude (with the highest honour) for scoring 3.45 out of 4.0 GP.
- He contested and won his first political position as president of the Accounting Society in his final year at the university.
- Jagaban began his career at Arthur Anderson, Deloitte and Sells and GTE Services Corporation. He also worked with Mobil Oil Nigeria in 1983.
- Tinubu began his political career in 1992 after joining Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was a member of the Peoples Front faction led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. The group was also made up of other prominent personalities like Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana Kingibe, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Magaji Abdullahi, Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu.
- He was named Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Bornu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria.
- He has three children – Oluwaseyi Tinubu, Abibat Tinubu and Folashade Tinubu who currently holds the title of Iyaloja General.
- The Federal Government brought him before the Code of Conduct Bureau for trial over the alleged illegal operation of 16 separate foreign accounts in April 2007 but the charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence.
- He strongly resisted former President Olusegun Obasanjo who seized the Federal Allocation of Lagos State when he created additional 37 LGs. Lagos lost N10.5 billion allocation and had to survive on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) under Tinubu’s tenure.
- He was a victim of hoodlums’ rampage as many of his properties were destroyed during the #EndSARS protests that turned violent.