Oluremi Tinubu: Re-defining representative politics

A curious observation of the conduct, demeanor and progressive actions of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing the Lagos Central  Senatorial District should sufficiently convince any objective mind that the initial resistance to her nomination for the position prior to the general election of April 2011 was either ill –informed or in bad taste.

Senator Tinubu who came to limelight as the First Lady during her husband’s tenure as Governor of Lagos State, is proving skeptics wrong about her understanding of statecraft and dynamics of participatory or representative governance. Obviously latching on her association with her husband- the mercurial politician and icon of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu- Oluremi is also enjoying the rob off effect of the dynamism and vision of party mates and egg heads in the fold of the CAN, to project herself admirably as a national legislator.

Vocal, but humble and self effacing, Oluremi has resisted the temptation of being a “bench warmer” as some of her first time ilks on the hallowed chamber of the national assemblY are wont to do. The Senator is usually visible, joining her voice to debates on crucial issues of national importance or even act as canon folder for some discussions on germane national issues, especially those that border particularly on the youth, women and the underprivileged in the society, in a manner that is congruent with the focus and ethos of her party.

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