Pensioners in the South West urge against changing the May handover date


Nigeria's incoming president is Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, a politician and accountant from Nigeria who was born on March 29, 1952. From 1999 until 2007, he presided as the governor of Lagos State. During the brief Third Republic, he represented Lagos West in the Senate.

Tinubu was born and raised in the southwest of Nigeria. After moving to the United States, he attended Chicago State University to study accounting. After moving back to Nigeria in the early 1990s, he worked as an accountant for Mobil Nigeria before entering politics in 1992 as the Social Democratic Party's candidate for the Lagos West senate seat. Tinubu became an activist, fighting for the restoration of democracy as part of the movement after the dictator Sani Abacha dissolved the Senate in 1993.

movement of the National Democratic Coalition.

As a representative of the Alliance for Democracy, Tinubu won the first post-transition Lagos State governorship election with a sizable margin. He was elected to a second term four years later. He was instrumental in the creation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 after leaving office in 2007. He was chosen to lead Nigeria as president in 2023.

childhood and education

Although Tinubu's birth year of 1952 in Nigeria is largely acknowledged by trustworthy authorities, his political opponents occasionally contest this information, claiming that he is actually considerably older. Reliable sources point out that his age hasn't been independently verified.He finished his undergraduate work in the US at Chicago's Richard J. Daley College and Chicago State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the university in 1979.

Early in her career, Tinubu worked for American businesses GTE Services Corporation, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte. He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria after arriving back in Nigeria in 1983, rising to the position of corporate executive.

Early in her career, 

Tinubu worked for American businesses GTE Services Corporation, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte. He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria after arriving back in Nigeria in 1983, rising to the position of corporate executive.

first political office

When Tinubu joined the Social Democratic Party in 1991, his political career officially got underway. In the brief Nigerian Third Republic, he was elected to the Senate in 1992, representing the Lagos West district.

After the 12 June 1993 presidential election results were overturned, Tinubu joined the National Democratic Coalition, a group that rallied support for the return of democracy and the declaration of Moshood Abiola as the election's victor. General Sani Abacha took over as the military's head of state, and after he fled the nation in 1994, he returned in 1998 following the military dictator's demise, which marked the beginning of the Fourth Nigerian Republic.

In In the years leading up to the 1999 elections, Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo, leaders of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), were mentors to Bola Tinubu.[10] After defeating Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former minister of works and housing, he went on to win the AD primary for the governor of Lagos State. He ran for governor of Lagos State in January 1999 on the AD platform, and he was chosen as the winner.

Lagos State's head of state

Tinibu started new road development throughout his eight years in office to fulfill the demands of the state's rapidly expanding population.

In April 2003, Tinubu was re-elected governor together with a brand-new deputy governor named Femi Pedro. In those elections, the People's Democratic Party won every other state in the South West. He fought the federal government, which was then under the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, over the issue of whether Lagos State had the right to establish new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to accommodate its sizable population. The federal government confiscated cash intended for the state's municipal councils as a result of the incident.[Reference needed] As his stint in government came to an end, he was involved in ongoing conflicts with PDP heavyweights including Bode George, the southwest PDP chairman, and Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former senator for Lagos State who had been appointed minister of works.

Femi Pedro, the deputy governor, announced his desire to run for governor, which caused tension between Tinubu and Pedro to worsen. On the eve of the party nomination, Pedro withdrew his name from consideration to run as the AC candidate for governor in the 2007 elections. He kept his job as deputy governor but switched to the Labour Party. On May 29, 2007, Tinubu's term as governor of Lagos State came to an end, and the Action Congress' Babatunde Fashola took over.

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, which represents retirees in the Southwest geopolitical zone, issued a warning over the weekend to those advocating delaying the May 29 handover deadline to bury their suggestions in order to prevent an unneeded constitutional crisis.

However, the pensioners urged Tinubu to develop policies that will raise their level of living, as Muhammadu Buhari, the outgoing president, has done during the previous eight years.
When briefing reporters on the results of their zonal meeting, which was attended by union officers from Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Oyo, and the host Ondo state, the leadership of the NUP in the zone made this statement in Akure, the capital of Ondo state.

The union's Zonal Public Relations Officer, Comrade, spoke on behalf of the retirees. 

The nation's constitution's stipulated transfer date cannot be altered, according to Olusegun Abatan, who is also the secretary of the Oyo State NUP.

Abatan further stated that the judiciary must be permitted to fairly adjudicate the electoral petitions that are brought before them at the designated period.

While praising the wonderful welfare programs that retirees received under President Buhari, the Southwest NUP leadership urged Asiwaju Tinubu to give retirees' welfare top priority.

Abatan stated, "Of all Nigerian presidents, Muhammadu Buhari has been the most pensioners' friendly in terms of resolving our needs and maintaining the constitutional requirement that if employees' pay are increased, pensions are also enhanced. We applaud him for that.

We're also taking advantage of the occasion to urge the incoming President, Please ask Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to build on President Buhari's work for us by taking the necessary steps to make him a president who is also favorable to retirees. 

On May 29, he will assume the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and we want him to treat pensioners well.

The NUP spokesman commented on the handover date controversy, saying, "We also want to appeal to people they are going around, threatening that heavens will fall on May 29 if Asiwaju Tinubu is being sworn in as the president of Nigeria, anybody that has any problem with the last election should go to the court.

"NUP, Southwest zone will not support overthrowing the government through any other methods besides a legal judicial process.

The NUP leaders applauded Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for being the first governor in Nigeria to adopt the Consequential Adjustment in Pension of Retirees, praising his leadership and called for on other governors in the Southwest to follow suit.

The Union leadership urged Osun, Ekiti, and Ogun state governments to follow Lagos, Oyo, and Ondo state governments in improving the welfare of the elderly after rating them negatively in terms of gratuities and pension arrears payments.

Abatan urged the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, in several states to consistently support NUP in protecting pensioners' interests.

The national headquarters of NUP will present Governor Akeredolu with an award during the NEC meeting that will take place soon, he continued, adding that "The governor has started paying the consequential adjustment and has also improved on what he encountered on the ground. 

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