Bola Tinubu: The Rise of the Jagaban: Tinubu’s March to Aso Rock

Bola Tinubu: The Rise of the Jagaban: Tinubu’s March to Aso Rock
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Today, Bola Ahmed Tinubu will take over as Nigeria’s 16th president. The person often referred to as Jagaban, the warriors’ commander, has never veiled his desire to control the nation. The politician, who holds the title conferred upon him by the Emir of Borgu in the Niger State, lives up to his opinion that power is not handed out on a plate.

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He was recommended to continue serving as a kingmaker when he declared his intention to succeed Buhari, the former general whom he assisted in electing as president, in 2022.

I have made others king, he insisted. It is time for me to be king,” he said, adding that being president of Nigeria was his life’s goal.

Having experience in politics, Tinubu joined the Peoples Democratic Movement in 1991 as a supporter of the late Major General Shehu Yar’Adua (retd.).

Despite being despised by many, he had years of expertise from studying Nigerian politics and strategies throughout the years, which would eventually come in handy. Despite the fact that nothing is known about his early years, 71-year-old Tinubu has continued to be one of the most influential politicians from the political generation of the 1990s.

After spending a few years studying abroad at the Chicago State University and working for Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and GTE Services Corporation in the US, Tinubu reportedly returned to Nigeria in 1983.

In 1992, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida authorized a new group of politicians, including Tinubu, to run for office. Tinubu was chosen to represent the Lagos West seat in the Third Republic, which lasted just 22 months.

He served as chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriations, and Currency during his brief time in the Senate. He continues to be considered as one of the senators who was most engaged at that time.

When the late Moshood Abiola, also known as MKO, won the presidential election on June 12 in 1993, former military dictator Gen. Ibrahim Babangida annulled it. Tinubu was one of the well-known Nigerians who protested the injustice and the military dictator’s attempt to keep himself in power. In addition to physically taking part in several nonviolent demonstrations against the annulment, Tinubu spoke at numerous news conferences to denounce Babangida and made the office too hot for him.

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Sani Abacha, a previous coup leader, was kept in Ernest Shonekan’s cabinet despite the military ruler eventually installing an interim administration led by a civilian. There was only one option available to activists like Tinubu, and that was to establish Abiola as president.

On November 17, 1993, Abacha led a bloodless military coup to overthrow the temporary Shonekan administration. Abacha grew brutal and suspended the 1989 Constitution for a full-fledged military administration in spite of continuous demonstrations from pro-democracy organizations. Additionally, he forbade political activity, abolished the federal and state legislatures, and ousted the elected civilian rulers.

Abiola, who stood for office in early May 1994 with the slogan “Hope 93,” declared his aim to create a “Government of National Unity” at the time. The National Democratic Coalition’s creation was revealed a week later. The organization, which consists of politicians, former military personnel, and supporters of democracy, was established in an effort to unite and concentrate the many pro-democracy forces behind four key demands: A sovereign national conference must be called to discuss the future of the nation, the military must abandon political office, Abiola must be inaugurated as president, and the nation must be reorganized along really federal lines.

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Members of NADECO and former MPs opposed Abacha’s idea to organize another election for the constitutional conference. They gathered in secret and released statements urging the dictator to cede power to Abiola.

The decision to reconvene was made public on June 1 by former Senate President Ameh Ebute. The following day, Tinubu, Ebute, other senators, and representatives were held for weeks without being charged. They were accused of committing treason against the state, and Tinubu was also charged with plotting to blow the Ejigbo NNPC depot. After being humiliated by the security authorities for several weeks, they were subsequently granted bail by the court.

Despite the fact that Tinubu left Nigeria due to threats to his life, he eventually returned once General Abdulsalam Abubakar decided to give over control to a democratic administration. Returning to Nigeria in 1999, Tinubu joined the Justice Forum, a platform for progressives in Lagos, and went on to become one of the key figures in the formation of the Alliance for Democracy. Members of NADECO, Afenifere, and ordinary residents all backed him. This gave him the foundation he required to emerge as the Lagos state governorship candidate under the AD.

In a resounding win, Tinubu received 814,000 votes to beat Dapo Sarumi, a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, who received 184,000; Nosiru Kekere-Ekun, a candidate for the All Peoples Party, received 122,000 votes. 19 of the 20 local councils were won by Tinubu. Despite the attack launched by then-president Olusegun Obasanjo, he also secured a second term. Other governors of the AD did not succeed in winning reelection, but Tinubu did, and he has since dominated politics in the nation’s commercial hub.

Expectedly, his opponents have not taken kindly to his dominance of politics in Lagos and the rest of his South-West area. They have persisted in questioning and scrutinizing his ancestry, educational background, honesty, and other facets of his life and political career.

For those who adore him, the former governor of Lagos state’s stranglehold on Lagos is a raw spot.

The Jagaban formed an alliance with the often-defeated retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari in an effort to realize his goal of leading the nation. The All Progressives Congress was later founded as a result of the coalition between Buhari’s northern group of the Congress for Progressive Change and Tinubu’s southern bloc of the Action Congress of Nigeria, which also saw Buhari become president in 2015 and 2019.

Early in 2022, Tinubu announced his ambition to seek the presidency. He stated that he had previously told Buhari of his plan in an encounter with state house reporters. At that time, Tinubu likely was unaware of the fact that the race for the presidency was not going to be easy.

For those who adore him, the former governor of Lagos state’s stranglehold on Lagos is a raw spot.

The Jagaban formed an alliance with the often-defeated retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari in an effort to realize his goal of leading the nation. The All Progressives Congress was later founded as a result of the coalition between Buhari’s northern group of the Congress for Progressive Change and Tinubu’s southern bloc of the Action Congress of Nigeria, which also saw Buhari become president in 2015 and 2019.

Early in 2022, Tinubu announced his ambition to seek the presidency. He stated that he had previously told Buhari of his plan in an encounter with state house reporters. At that time, Tinubu likely was unaware of the fact that the race for the presidency was not going to be easy.

However, Tinubu was shown to be mistaken by the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele’s naira redesign strategy and the cash crisis that followed in the entire nation if he believed that receiving the APC presidential nomination was the final internal party obstacle he would face. Fuel shortages, which also hindered companies and endangered the February election, gave Tinubu trouble. Whether correctly or not, Buhari was held responsible for these problems, and Tinubu’s ambition was allegedly opposed by some members of the administration. The South-West political tycoon said that the strategy was meant to frustrate the voters and keep them from voting for him in an outburst in Abeokuta, despite denials from the CBN and the Presidency.

In Yoruba, Tinubu stated: “They don’t want this election to take place. They intend to ruin it. Will you permit them to? They have begun to raise the problem of “no fuel.” Don’t worry; if the fuel runs out, we will walk to the polls.

“We will win the election whether you hide the gasoline, raise the price, or alter the ink on the naira bills. If they want, they may claim there is no gasoline, and we will go there (to the voting places) with our PVCs and take over the country from them.

The 2023 Presidential elections were held on February 25, 2023, despite gasoline and naira shortages.

Despite the logistical and technological difficulties encountered during the election, Tinubu easily trounced his rivals by garnering 8.7 million votes. More than the 24 states necessary by the constitution, he received over 25% of the votes cast in 30 states, and on March 1, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission proclaimed him the winner. When Tinubu emerged as the victor, the opposition parties immediately began suing him and his running partner, Shettima, to challenge the results of the election.

No matter the protests against his election, Tinubu will be sworn in as Nigeria’s 16th president today at Eagle Square, Abuja. It is still to be known if he would succeed in realizing his goal of heading the largest country in Africa as he aims to revive in 2023 the hope that was dashed by the military in 1993.

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