The All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, have won the prestigious African Democracy Award.
Bola Tinubu was recognised for his efforts to grow democracy and good governance in Nigeria and on the African continent.
According to a statement available to us, the award was conferred on the duo at the 4th African Political Summit and Diamond Awards in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
The award was said to be the highlight of a three-day conference on Campaign Financing and Elections in Africa, an initiative of the Association of Political Consultants, Africa.
The body is made up of top political consultants from across the continent.
According to the president of APC Africa, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the award “serves to recognise and encourage icons of democracy and good governance in Africa. It has been our culture to celebrate those political figures who have done a lot to promote democracy in their respective countries.”
“Asiwaju is a political figure whose impacts have been felt not just in Nigeria, especially with the historic election of President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the opposition APC, but also across many countries in Africa,”
Tinubu was described as an outstanding leader who had done a lot to strengthen democracy, human rights, press freedom and peace in East Africa.
Bola Tinubu has been recognised even within and outside Nigeria as a political god-father to many politicians. His role in the emergence of Buhari as the president of Nigeria after defeating the incumbent cannot be sidelined.