The newly sworn-in president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu became the first democratically elected president who has formerly occupied the position of a senator and governor.
In 1992, Tinubu won the Lagos West senate seat. During his brief stint in the Senate (22 months), he led the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriations and Currency.
Following the dissolution of the third republic by the military junta, Tinubu was forced to flee the country for championing the cause for a return to democracy and the installation of the winner of the 1993 presidential elections, Moshood Abiola.
Tinubu returned to Nigeria in 1999 and joined the Justice Forum, a political platform for the progressives in Lagos and became one of the prominent members that formed the Alliance for Democracy. He was supported by members of NADECO, Afenifere and citizens alike.
This gave him the base he needed to emerge as the Lagos state governorship candidate under the AD.
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