All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is 66 today. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the struggles, battles and exploits of the pro-democracy crusader, seasoned administrator and statesman, which culminated into the enthronement of a progressive administration at the federal level, and his calculations for 2019 elections. 

The greatest achievement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the installation of a progressive government at the centre, 16 years after the restoration of civil rule. The challenge confronting him and other soldiers of democracy who teamed up with him in 2015 is whether the feat can be repeated in next year’s election. For the arrowhead of the progressive forces, 2019 will be a defining moment.

The continuity of the people-oriented administration is what occupies the mind of the former Lagos State governor as he hosts eminent Nigerians at his 66th birthday today in Lagos. The state will be aglow with festivities. This year’s ceremony is an event with a difference. President Muhammadu Buhari will literarily relocate the seat of government to the metropolis for 10 hours. The occasion will re-affirm the significance of Tinubu as an indispensable national asset, an indomitable kingmaker and a patriot, whose contributions are still required in the ruling party’s quest to consolidate power in next year’s poll. The stone which the builder rejected has become the…

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