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Monday, March 26, 2012

TRIBUTE TO ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU AT 60

 
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, born 29 March, was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, in 1993. After the return to democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is an influential member of the Action Congress party and a prominent tribal aristocrat as Asiwaju of Lagos, a title given to him by HRM The Oba of Lagos.
Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu 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 Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting.
He worked and served as head in various companies including  Mobil Oil Nigeria. 
Early political career
His political career began in 1992, when he was elected to the Nigerian Senate representing the Lagos West constituency .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).
In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protege of Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections, he stood for the position of Executive Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket and was elected. 
Lagos State governor
When he assumed office in May 1999, Bola Ahmed Tinubu promised 10,000 housing units for the poor. During his eight-year period of office, 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.
The Oloye Tinubu, alongside a new deputy governor, Femi Pedro, won re-election to office as Governor in April 2003. All other states in the South West fell to the People's Democratic Party.
Tinubu's tenure as Lagos State Governor ended on 29 May 2007 when Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress took office. Fashola had been Chief of Staff to Bola Tinubu.

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