Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu was born on the 29th day of March 1952. He is a Nigerian accountant and politician who is the 2023 president-elect of Nigeria. He served as Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, and in the brief Third Republic he served as Senator of Lagos West.
Bola Tinubu spent his childhood in southwestern Nigeria before moving to the United States to study accounting at Chicago State University. After moving back to Nigeria in the early 1990s, he worked as an accountant for Mobil Nigeria before joining politics in 1992 as the Social Democratic Party’s candidate for the Lagos West senate seat. In 1993, after the Senate was abolished by the autocratic Sani Abacha, Tinubu joined the National Democratic Coalition and began campaigning for the return of democracy.
In Lagos State’s first post-transition gubernatorial election, Bola Tinubu won by a wide margin as a member of the Democratic League. Four years later, he was re-elected to a second term. He was instrumental in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013, following his resignation in 2007. He was chosen to lead Nigeria as president in 2023.
Bola Tinubu is commonly recognized in reliable sources as having been born in 1952 in Nigeria. This year of birth is sometimes disputed by political opponents who claim he is much older. Some reliable sources indicate that his age has not been confirmed. He completed his undergraduate studies in the United States, first at Richard J. Daly College in Chicago and then at Chicago State University. He graduated from the institution in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. His educational background is also inconsistent.
Early Career and Drug Trafficking Allegations
Tinubu remained in the United States after graduation. After a lawsuit claimed that the U.S. government had “probable grounds” to think that Bola Tinubu’s U.S. bank accounts held proceeds from heroin trading, the U.S. government froze his assets in 1993. Later that year, he reached a settlement with the government and lost about $460,000. Court documents and subsequent account of the incident suggest that he worked with two heroin dealers in Chicago. After returning to Nigeria in the early 1990s, he became a senior manager in an oil and gas company.
Early Political Career
He was chosen in 1992 to serve in the Senate on behalf of the Lagos Western district of Nigeria’s short-lived Third Republic.
After the 12 June 1993 presidential election results were overturned, Bola Tinubu joined the National Democratic Coalition, a group that rallied support for the return of democracy and the declaration of Moshood Abiola as the election’s victor.. After General Sani Abacha seized power as head of the military, he fled his country in 1994, returning home in 1998 after the death of the military dictator which initiated the transition to Nigeria’s Fourth Republic.
In the years preceding the 1999 elections, Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo, the co-founders of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), were mentors to Bola Tinubu. Later, he won the AD election for governor of Lagos State by defeating Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former minister of works and housing. He ran for governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket in January 1999, and he won.
Governor of Lagos State
During his eight-year reign, Bola Tinubu began building the new roads needed to meet the needs of the state’s rapidly growing population.
In April 2003, Tinubu was re-elected governor along with a brand-new vice governor named Femi Pedro. In those elections, the People’s Democratic Party won every other province in the South West. He fought the federal government, which was then under the authority of Olusegun Obasanjo, over the issue of whether Lagos State had the right to establish new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to accommodate its sizable population. The federal government confiscated money intended for the state’s local councils as a result of the controversy. He engaged in ongoing conflicts with PDP leaders like Bode George, the southwest PDP chairman, and Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former senator for Lagos State who had become minister of works, during the latter part of his time in office.
After Pedro declared his intent to compete for governor, the relationship between Bola Tinubu and the deputy governor, Femi Pedro, grew more tense. Pedro in 2007 election ran for AC’s gubernatorial candidate, but withdrew his name on the eve of the party’s nomination. He defected to the Labor Party but retained his position as Deputy Governor. On May 29, 2007, Bola Tinubu’s term as governor of Lagos State came to a close, and Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress took over.
In 2006, Bola Tinubu tried to persuade then-Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar to become the leader of his party, the Action Congress (AC). Abubakar, who was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had recently clashed with President Olusegun Obasanjo over Abubakar’s ambitions to succeed Obasanjo. Abubakar was given the option to switch political parties and join the AC, and Bola Tinubu promised him his party’s presidential nomination in exchange for becoming Atiku Abubakar’s running mate. Atiku rejected the offer. But after moving to AC, chose Senator Ben Obi, as running mate from the Southeast. Atiku ran for election from Tinubu platform, but PDP won a landslide victory.
After the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) swept to victory in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu became involved in talks in 2009 to unite the dispersed opposition groups into a “mega-party” that was able to compete with the PDP, which was in charge at the time. Tinubu was one of several politicians who assisted in the creation of a “mega opposition” party with the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and the new PDP (nPDP), a faction of the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party, into the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February 2013.
In 2014, Bola Tinubu backed General Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of the CPC faction of the APC and a former military head of state who had earlier run for president in the CPC in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Buhari had a strong following in Northern Nigeria. Bola Tinubu originally desired to run as Buhari’s running mate but ultimately relinquished the nomination to his ally and former justice commissioner Yemi Osibanjo. Buhari led the APC to success in 2015, ending the PDP’s 16-year reign and making history as the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose to an opposition candidate.
In place of his long-held rumored presidential ambition, Tinubu went on to play a significant role in the Buhari administration by backing government policies and maintaining control of the internal party structure. He supported Buhari’s reelection bid in 2019, helping him defeat Atiku Abubakar of the PDP. Following a party conflict in 2020 that resulted in the ouster of Tinubu ally and party chairman Adams Oshiomole, it is thought that the action was taken to undermine Bola Tinubu’s chances of winning the presidency in 2023.
Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election campaign
Bola Tinubu officially declared his bid for president on January 10, 2022.
On June 8, 2022, Tinubu won the party convention ballot for the governing APC with 1,271 votes, defeating Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who received 235 and 316 votes, respectively.
Tinubu was proclaimed the victor of the 2023 presidential election by INEC on March 1st. After defeating his rivals with 8,794,726 ballots, he was named president-elect. Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) finished in second place with 6,984,520 ballots. Peter Obi of the Labour Party received 6,101,533 ballots, placing third.
Suspected Manipulation of Foreign Accounts
The Federal Government brought Bola Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Bureau for trial in April 2007 after the general elections but before the governor-elect Babatunde Fashola had assumed office over the alleged illegal operation of 16 different foreign accounts..
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission exonerated Tinubu, Delta State Governor James Ibori, and Akwa Ibom State Governor Obong Victor Attah in January 2009 of allegations of conspiracy, money laundering, abuse of power, and official corruption in connection with the 2004 selling of Vmobile network shares. There were rumors that the British Metropolitan Police were looking into a deal in which the Lagos State government invested in Econet (now Airtel) in September 2009. According to Bola Tinubu, there were no middlemen engaged in the straightforward transaction, which was profitable for the government. The Federal Government rejected a British plea to provide information necessary for additional investigation and legal action against the three former governors of Nigeria in a London court.
Possible Conspiracy to Kill Tinubu
There were rumors that Tinubu would be killed in a plan in March 2009. The Alliance for Democracy requested that Mike Okiro, the Inspector General of Police, launch a thorough inquiry.
Political godfatherismand Hooligans in Lagos State
Many people consider Bola Tinubu to be the “Godfather of Lagos.” The Lion of Bourdillon, a 2015 documentary highlighting Tinubu’s political and financial hold over the city-state, revealed his part in controlling the mega city-state. Tinubu sued the makers, Africa Independent Television, for libel in the amount of 150 billion. The documentary’s broadcast ended on March 6, 2015. In December 2009, when it was reported that Fashola and Tinubu had a falling out over the issue of Fashola’s reelection as governor of Lagos in 2011, with Tinubu choosing the commissioner for environment, Muiz Banire, he made an effort to coerce the political process. Akinwunmi Ambode’s succession to Fashola sparked a similar dispute in 2015, pitting Fashola against Tinubu, who supported Ambode wholeheartedly. Following the same way, Ambode was ousted by Tinubu and replaced by incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Bullion van controversy
A bullion van was spotted entering Tinubu’s home on Bourdillion Road in Ikoyi during the 2019 election, to which he responded, “I keep money anywhere I want.”
In 1987, Bola Tinubu wed Oluremi Tinubu, a lawmaker currently serving the Lagos Central senatorial district. Zainab Abisola Tinubu, Habibat Tinubu, and Olayinka Tinubu are their three daughters. He had three children with prior partners: Kazeem Olajide Tinubu (born 12 October 1974 and died on October 31, 2017), Folashade Tinubu (born 17 June 1976), and Oluwaseyi Tinubu (born 13 October 1985), whose mother is rumored to be the former air hostess and prophetess Bunmi Oshonike.
Abibatu Mogaji, Tinubu’s mother, passed away on June 15, 2013, at the age of 96. His son Jide Tinubu also passed away on October 31, 2017, in London. Tinubu is a Muslim. As the “Asiwaju” of Lagos and the “Jagaban” of the Borgu Emirate in Niger State, Tinubu claims two chieftaincy titles.
Bola Tinubu’s Net Worth
He is regarded as the second-richest politician in Nigeria and is thought to be valued at least $4 billion. He is well known for being extremely wealthy thanks to a boast he made during a political campaign that he was wealthier than the state of Osun. (at the time). Many Nigerians were led to think that he did, in fact, have control over important financial resources in the nation as a result of his statement.
He once served as governor of Lagos State for two terms, and it is thought that he currently controls most of the political sway in Nigeria’s Western states. His holdings include the Oriental Hotel, a cutting-edge hotel with a prime location on Victoria Island in Lagos State. Other properties and assets that he owns are dispersed throughout the nation and abroad, including TVC Television and Radio, Lekki Concession Company, Ikeja Shopping Mall, Renaissance Hotel, The Nation Newspapers, Radio Continental, and Apapa Amusement Park. He also has assets in Oando PLC, one of the largest locally owned oil-producing companies in Nigeria.
Bola Tinubu’s automobiles
It is nearly impossible to accurately estimate Chief Bola Tinubu’s car collection given his stature, power, and wealth. A man of his standing can afford the kind of luxury goods and automobiles he desires.
The typical amount of cars a family man should own is two for someone who isn’t Tinubu. However, Tinubu is above and beyond the typical and average Nigerian guy. He is rumored to own at least 30 different types of vehicles, some of which he purchased himself and others of which were gifts from friends.
Bola Tinubu’s Personal Jet
He owns a private Bombardier Global 6000 Express jet worth up to 29 billion naira ($75 million), in addition to a fleet of exotic vehicles. He might occasionally need to attend some international events, and traveling can be a hassle, particularly in Lagos. His private aircraft is just a hangar away in such situations.
Bola Tinubu’s Residences
The property where the mystery presently resides is valued at over N650 million and is located on Bourdillon Road in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
He also owns Lakowe in Ibeju-Lekki, close to Abijo. This region’s property is thought to be worth about N80 billion. He reportedly received the land as part of a personal initiative.
Ikoyi Estate Foreshore is under his ownership. Chief Ahmed Bola Tinubu now owns this property that was previously held by the Lagos State government. Oyinkan Abayomi, Ikoyi, Asokoro in Abuja, Atlantic Beachfront, The Choice Property, Eleko Junction, and many other prestigious properties in Lagos, Nigeria are just a few of his other homes and assets.