Ganiyu Solomon

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Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon
Senator for Lagos West
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 May 2007
Preceded by Tokunbo Afikuyomi
Personal details
Born (1959-12-19) 19 December 1959 (age 54)
Lagos State, Nigeria

Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon (born 19 December 1959) was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency of Lagos State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the Action Congress (AC)now APC.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Solomon was born on 19 December 1959. His father, Alhaji Rafiu Ishola Solomon, was politically influential as a contemporary of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.[2] Solomon attended Oke-Ona Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State.[3] He obtained a B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Lagos, and went into a private IT services business. Later he went into the property business, before entering politics during the regime of General Sani Abacha.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was elected into the Lagos State House of Assembly on the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) platform in 1998, but did not take his seat before Abacha's death. During the return to democracy in 1999 with the Nigerian Fourth Republic, Solomon was elected chairman of Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform.[2] In 2003 he was a contender to be AD Senate candidate for Lagos West, but was defeated by the incumbent Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi. His supporters greeted the primary results with violence, and governor Bola Tinubu was unable to leave the scene of the vote for several hours as the mob battled with police outside and other electoral observers.[4] Solomon ran instead for the federal House of Assembly for Mushin Federal Constituency 1 and was elected.[2]

In April 2007, Solomon was elected to the Senate on the Action Congress (AC) platform for the Lagos West constituency. After taking his seat in the Senate, he was appointed to committees on Works, Sports, Rules & Business, Integration & Cooperation and Capital Markets (Chairman).[1] In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that he had sponsored bills on amendment of the National Directorate of Act, Electronic Commerce, Whistleblowers Protection, Institute of Capital Market Registrars and Elderly Persons Centre, and had sponsored or co-sponsored ten motions.[5] He was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market.[6] His GOS Foundation provides assistance in skills acquisition, educational development, micro-credit, healthcare and poverty alleviation.[3]

In the run-up to the April 2011 elections, Solomon was unopposed in his bid in the Action Congress of Nigeria primaries to run for reelection.[7] He was reelected on 9 April.[8]

In September 2011, it was reported that Solomon was arguing with ACN National Legal Advisor Muiz Banire over who would be the next mushin Local Government Chairman. The bickering threatened to tear the party apart, with PDP chieftain Waheed Lawon saying it was making it more likely for the PDP to "sweep both Mushin and Surulere at the upcoming local government elections." But eventually the spirit of oneness prevailed through the intervention of the ACN elders which culminated in the emergence of the ACN candidate as the winner of Mushin Local Government Chairmanship election[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sen. Ganiyu O. Solomon". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-06-14. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Ganiyu Solomon: Footprints of a people’s Senator". The Nation. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b Samuel Olatunji (January 17, 2010). "GOS: Portrait of a gentleman politician". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ Kenneth Ehigiator & Sina Babasola (January 10, 2003). "AD supporters hold Tinubu hostage, attack policemen with acidlExchange gunshots with police, accuse govt of backing Afikuyomi against Solomon in Senatorial primaries". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  5. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ "N-Assembly to review 2011 budget, says Solomon". Vanguard. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  7. ^ "What You Didn't Know About Senator Solomon". PM News. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Shocks of N’Assembly polls". The Guardian. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  9. ^ "Lagos LG Election: Ganiyu Solomon, Banire Tear". African Examiner. 6 September 2011.