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Ganiyu Solomon at 62: A Distinctive Politician and Distinguished Nigerian! ***By Tunde Ogunmola – Naijanewsdirect

Distinguished Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon popularly called GOS in our political lexicon, turned 62 on December 19, 2021. The current of history has moved him down stream as an authentic leader. He remains a worthy example in leadership by virtue of recent happenings.

 

Senator GOS is always at ease with the people of one of the most disparaged communities in Lagos state, Mushin, his neighbourhood; as well as the people of the state of aquatic splendor. Listening to people and attending to their needs, for him, come with incomprehensible ease and overwhelming satisfaction, such that even years after office, he has continued to receive and attend to people in his palatial mansion in Magodo, when in practical terms, many of his ilk would have shut their doors against the people.

 

A shrewd politician but not the archetypal one, his unassuming nature, enhanced by quiet mien and his capacity to listen to people, no matter what they had to say, offered the kind of strength needed to deliver quality leadership. Senator GOS, a one time Mushin Local Government chairman has weathered the storm as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria. His knowledge of his people, coupled with his ability to manage the various unpredictable tendencies speaks volume of his staying relevance in Lagos political landscape.

 

Senator GOS involvement in politics is not a fluke. His late father, Alhaji Rafiu Ishola Solomon was politically influential in Lagos state and was a contemporary of the first civilian governor of Lagos state, late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon, wielded enormous influence in Lagos political landscape to such an extent that he recommended people for political appointments. Prominent among such appointments was that of late Oba Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat, the father of Lagos state Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat.

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Alhaji Rafiu Solomon was instrumental to the emergence of Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat as party candidate for Lagos State House of Assembly and commissioner in the executive cabinet of former Lagos state governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande. He nominated Alhaji Hamzat for commissionership slot in Alhaji Jakande’s administration of Lagos in the late 70s and 80s.

 

From the forgoing, Senator Ganiyu Solomon’s foray into the esoteric world of politics was not by accident. Suffice to say he had his political tutelage under his father. More often than not, he was privileged to have attended political meetings and functions while his father’s political dominance lasted. Not surprising though, he grew up to become a consummate and seasoned politician whose political credentials are intimidating.

 

Senator GOS fully stepped into his father’s political shoes in 1997 when he took a shot at elective position. He contested for a seat at Lagos State House of Assembly under the platform of Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), during the authoritarian military era of the late General Sani Abacha. Though, he won the election convincingly, the electoral system was truncated by the death of the maximum ruler.

 

However, undaunted by this morale dampened situation, Senator Ganiyu Solomon threw his hat into the political ring again in 1999 at the return of democracy. This time, during the Nigerian Fourth Republic, he contested for the chairmanship seat of Mushin Local Government. He got elected and served as Mushin council boss for a single tenure before he moved up the political ladder. It is important to note that the distinguished senator wanted to seek re-election as Mushin Local Government chairman before providence positioned him for higher political status. This was the time the slogan “GOS AGAIN” was coined in Mushin.

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However, in 2003, he contested as his party Alliance for Democracy ( AD ) senate candidate for Lagos West Senatorial District, but the race was won by the then incumbent senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi in a keenly contested primary. Instead, Senator Ganiyu Solomon ran and won a seat to represent Mushin Constituency 1 at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

 

Subsequently, the irrepressible senator took his political savvy to the upper chamber of the National Assembly when in 2007 he got elected into the Senate to represent Lagos West Senatorial District. A mission accomplished you would say. After taking his seat in the Senate, he was appointed a member of Committee on Works, Sports, Rules and Business, Integrations and Co-operation. He was also the chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market. In discharging is oversight functions, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon had sponsored bills on Amendment of the National Directorate of Act, Electronics Commerce, Whistle blowers Protection, Institution of Capital Market Registrars‘, Elderly Centre, Cancer Research and Treatment Centre among others. He had co-sponsored over 10 Motions.

 

In the run-up to the April 2011 elections, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon re-enacted his interest in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Senate primaries. He was re-elected to the Senate for the second term between 2011 and 2015. A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon was a former governorship candidate of Lagos State in 2015. He is a member of several professional bodies and had won many awards on account of his selfless stewardship and service to humanity. Happy 62nd birthday to a political colossus!

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