President Bola Tinubu, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has wielded as much influence and mentorship within Nigerian politics, as only a few figures can handle. Tinubu’s knack for identifying and nurturing emerging leaders has earned him a reputation as a kingmaker with numerous godsons in the country’s political landscape and most importantly in his party, the All Progressive Party (APC).
From governors to legislators, these godsons who owe their rise to power and prominence to President Tinubu’s guidance and support have become formidable forces in Nigerian politics, shaping policies and decisions that affect Nigerian citizens. Let’s take a look at some of President Bola Tinubu’s godsons who have climbed through affluence in Nigerian politics through his backing.
Babatunde Raji Fashola served as the governor of Lagos State from 2007 to 2015. His political career was significantly influenced by Bola Tinubu, who endorsed him as his successor. Fashola is credited with implementing various infrastructural and developmental projects during his tenure, earning him widespread recognition and respect in Nigerian politics.
The Nigerian lawyer and politician also served as the federal minister of Works and Housing of Nigeria from 2019 to 2023. He previously served as the minister of Power, Works, and Housing from 2015 to 2019. His successful tenure as governor solidified his status as one of Tinubu’s most influential godsons.
Femi Gbajabiamila was appointed as Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria by President Tinubu. His political journey is intertwined with the support and mentorship he received from Bola Tinubu. Gbajabiamila has represented the Surulere I Federal Constituency in Lagos State since 2003 and has consistently risen through the ranks of the National Assembly. As Speaker, he wields significant influence in Nigeria’s legislative processes, shaping the country’s laws and policies.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the current governor of Lagos State, and his rise to power owe a significant debt to President Bola Tinubu’s support and mentorship. Sanwo-Olu served as the Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) before entering politics.
Under Tinubu’s guidance, Sanwo-Olu successfully clinched the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket in Lagos State winning his opponent and predecessor, Former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and went on to win the 2019 governorship election, becoming the governor of Nigeria’s most populous and economically significant state.
Festus Keyamo is a prominent Nigerian lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He has been associated with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has been useful and involved in legal and political activities aligned with Tinubu and APC’s interests. Keyamo has worked on legal cases and advocacy for the APC, he was recently appointed as the minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development of Nigeria by President Tinubu’s administration, making his stand known as one of the godsons of President Tinubu.
Nyesom Wike is a Nigerian politician and member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He has been a key figure in Rivers State politics and served as the Governor of Rivers State. Wike is known for his strong and vocal presence in Nigerian politics. He was initially a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), having served as the governor of Rivers State, and Minister of State for Education.
He later defected to APC and has been useful to Tinubu’s fight for the presidency and canvassing for votes. President Bola Tinubu appointed Wike as minister of the FCT on 16 August 2023, following his nomination, screening, and approval by the senate. This solidified his stance as one of the godsons of President Tinubu
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