Born on March 29, 1952, Tinubu has remained relevant in the scheme of things despite the fact that he is not holding any elective political position either at the state or at the national level. Tinubu has been a Senator and a two time Governor of Lagos State. His name resonates whenever politics of Lagos State and even the South West is being discussed. Beyond that, Tinubu is a national politician who has remained in the political limelight for many years. This articles sets to discuss four things that stand Tinubu out in his political voyage over the years.
(1). Tinubu is intelligent and experienced in the politics: Tinubu's voyage in the game of politics did not start today. He started off in politics a long time ago. He was an admirer and follower of the late Sage, Obafemi Awolowo. He learnt some of Awolowo's style of politics as far back as the 1960s during the first Republic. Tinubu also followed MKO Abiola including during the struggle to restore the mandate of June 12, 1993 election that was annuled. He was elected Senator Representing Lagos West in the short-lived third Republic. All these point to the fact that Tinubu did not start politics just yesterday.
He is also educated. After primary education, Tinubu had his High School High school education in the US precisely Richard J. Daley College in Chicago. After that, he proceeded to Chicago State University where he studied Accounting. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in 1979 and had some work experiences in the US as well. He also had some work experiences in Nigeria. All these added to Tinubu's knowledge and experience. He is academically sound and has the requisite experience too.
(2). Tinubu is generous: Tinubu is one man that many people will tell you he is very generous. Politicians are usually generous when they want to contest elections or when they have some other motives. But, Tinubu is generous whether or not he is contesting elections. Since he left office after serving two term as Governor, he has not held any other position. Yet, Tinubu's generosity has continued. He keeps an open house and reaches out to people in need. Tinubu is a man of the people. He is liked by many people of different social status. He gives knowing fully well that it pays to give. Tinubu made some donations to the Internally Displaced People in far away Northern States in Nigeria when the crisis was raging. He donated to some other causes and does some job creation and empowerment initiatives to help people to make a living. That has impacted his political successes over the years.
(3) Tinubu builds a network of strong politicians and loyalists: This another masterstroke for Tinubu. Over the years, Tinubu has succeeded in building a network of strong and loyal politicians. He worked well with some of them during his years of struggle for better governance even before he became Governor. He appointed some of them as his aides and commissioners during his time as Governor of Lagos.
Then, they were not highly placed. Tinubu discovered their potentials, brought them closer and helped them to rise. Some of these people include Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Babajide Sanwo-olu among others. Almost all these people have held and still hold top political offices in their various states and at the national level. They will not forget Tinubu. They still pay homage and show loyalty to him. Tinubu's network of strong and successful politicians help to make him successful in his political journey over the years.
(4). Tinubu is consistent and politically calculative: Tinubu is consistent in party politics. He does not jump from pillar to post in the name of defection. Since his days in the Alliance for Democracy (AD), through his days in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and later in the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Tinubu has been very consistent. The party only metamorphoses to another one. Later on, he and others agreed to a merger in 2014 that brought the APC. His consistency pays off.
He builds a strong and successful party and his team keeps winning. He is a very calculative politician who knows when to agree to a merger that will work. He has not made any blunder in that aspect. From AD to ACN and later to the APC merger, they were all hits as they succeeded. Tinubu takes time to find out before taking decisions or reacting to issues. He does not jump into taking decisions or actions without doing intelligent political calculations. His background in Accounting comes into play in his calculative ability which sets him apart.
Tinubu is a phenomenon in the Nigerian political sphere that many people have come to admire him. He is a role model to so many people aspiring to go into national politics. He may have his shortcomings as a human being, but he has been a very intelligent and successful politician whether in power or out of power that his personality makes people to wonder. The four things discussed above and many other things have added up to make Tinubu a very unique and successful politicians.
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