Jagaban Becomes President: Tinubu’s Journey Through Nigerian Politics
Bola Tinubu, an influential politician dubbed “Jagaban” by his supporters, has achieved his ambition to become President of Nigeria after gathering 8.8 million votes in the elections.
The 70-year-old had long held a goal to reach the nation’s highest office, supported by his strategic acumen and clout.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which Tinubu had a hand in forming, dismissed allegations of electoral fraud from competitors.
Tinubu began his political journey in the US, where he trained as an accountant until his activism prompted exile under military dictator Sani Abacha.
He later became a senator and Lagos State governor twice over.
Surprisingly, a rival party won the governorship in Lagos during the 2021 elections, but Tinubu urged his followers to remain collected.
His slogan “It’s my turn” held its promise as he was then announced as president-elect.
Tinubu is viewed as a mastermind in bringing together APC fractions and putting Muhammadu Buhari in power in 2015, ending 16 years of rule by the People’s Democratic Party.
He has also been criticized for having a firm but undemocratic grip over Lagos, as well as being a target of corruption and money laundering allegations which he denies.
As President, Tinubu is expected to resolve the issue of fuel subsidies and reduce poverty, all while restoring security.
We will have to wait until after the May inauguration to see how he plans to address these challenges.