According to affidavits, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Nigerian accountant and politician, was born on March 29, 1952, to a trader, Abibatu Mogaji, in Lagos, Nigeria.
He attended St. John’s primary school in Aroloya, Lagos, and the Children’s Home School in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He went to the United States in 1975, where he studied at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago and then at Chicago State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Tinubu’s Career Venture
Bola Tinubu worked for several American companies, such as Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, GTE Services Corporation, and others, before returning to Nigeria. On returning to Nigeria, he worked for Mobil Oil Nigeria and later became the company’s executive.
Tinubu’s Political Career
Tinubu began his political career in 1992, when he joined the Social Democratic Party. After the results of the 1993 presidential election, which was canceled on June 12, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu became a founding member of the National Democratic Coalition, a group that mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and acknowledged that Moshood Abiola won the election.
In 1999, Bola Tinubu won the Lagos state governorship election alongside his deputy Kofoworola Akerele-Bucknor under the Alliance for Democracy party, defeating Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu. His tenure as governor of the state lasted from 1999 to 2007. His deputy for his 2003–2007 reign was Femi Pedro.
After he assumed office in May 1999, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu provided multiple housing units in Lagos State for the poor. He made large educational investments during his eight-year reign as Governor of Lagos State.
He reduced the number of schools owned by the state by returning many schools to their already-settled former owners. To help with overpopulation in the state, he created new local governments. He also initiated new road construction required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state.
Bola Tinubu’s reign as Governor of Lagos State ended on the 29th day of May 2007. He was succeeded by another Action Congress (the new name for the Alliance for Democracy as of 2007) leader, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
2023 Presidential Election
On the 10th day of January 2022, Tinubu formally announced his intention to run for the Nigerian presidency.
On June 8, 2022, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the presidential primary elections of the All Progressive Congress (the new name for Action Congress as of 2022), which is the ruling party of the country, with 1,271 votes, defeating the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who had 235 votes, and Rotimi Amaechi, who had 316 votes.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to contest against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party in the upcoming 2023 presidential elections, which will be held on February 25, 2023.