With the recent occurrence and in our flashback, Daily Global News going through history of the Nation Nigeria dated back to April 1997, when Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the present National leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, allegedly asserted that he ‘does not believe in One Nigeria’.
Daily Global News could gathered that, Tinubu, before Nigeria’s return of democracy rule in 1999, took a bold step into his political career in 1992, when he became member of the then Social Democratic Party, SDP, he was also member of the Peoples Front faction led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, which includes other top politicians such as Umaru Yar’Adua, Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana Kingibe, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Magaji Abdullahi, Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu. He was elected to the Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic.
Daily Global News understands that those who do not believe in a united Nigeria and want the West African nation to divide are mainly the Pro Biafrans led by Maazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Afterthe results of the 12 June, 1993 presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition, a group that mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of Moshood Abiola as the winner of the June 12 election.
Followingthe seizure of power as military head of state of General Sani Abacha, Tinubu went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of the military dictator, which ushered in the transition to the Fourth Nigerian Republic.
In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy, AD, leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo.
Hewent on to win the AD primaries for the Lagos State governorship elections in defeating Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former Minister of Works and Housing.
InJanuary 1999, he stood for the position of Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket and was elected. Twice he served as the number one citizen of Lagos State and has since been a colossal force in Nigeria’s political terrain.
A This Day Newspaper publication of a past Tinubu interview with Ayo Arowolo, the present Chief of Staff, CoS, to the Chairman of Arise Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, has now surfaced online, with some social media commenters questioning the patriotism of the 68-year-old.
As at the time of this report, Daily Global News could not verify the authenticity of the publication.