Nigerian Politician Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu who was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993. He was also the governor of Lagos State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is an influential member of the All Progressives Congress party and also holds both the chieftainships of the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria.
He was born on 29 March 1952 in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. He attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan, South West of Nigeria. Tinubu then 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Tinubu worked for the American companies Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, and GTE Services Corporation. Returning to Nigeria in 1983, he joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, and later became an executive of the company
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His political career began in 1992, on the platform of the Social Democratic Party. He was elected to the Nigerian Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic. After the results of the 12 June 1993 presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition, a group which mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the results of the 12th of June. He went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of the military dictator Sani Abacha, which ushered in a transition to civilian rule.
In April 1999, was elected the Executive Governor of Lagos State on the Alliance for Democracy platform and re-elected in April 2003. During the eight-year period of his being in 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.
Following the victory of the People’s Democratic Party in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a “mega-party” capable of challenging the PDP in 2011.
Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator representing Lagos central. His son Jide Tinubu died on 31 October due to cardiac arrest in London.