This a comprehensive, well-researched list of the most influential politicians in Yorubaland. These men are feared and deeply respected by their kin.
They are extremely wealthy and have a lot of political ‘boys’ under them. Their decisions and actions have great influence on the Yoruba race.
Top 10 most powerful politicians in Yorubaland
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a name that strikes fear into the hearts of many in Nigerian politics. The 64 year old popularly called ‘Jagaban’ which is a title he got from Borgu kingdom in Niger state, is undoubtedly the strongman of Yoruba politics at the moment. His influence and connections in Yorubaland are ernomous, particularly in Lagos, a state he formerly governed. The cornerstone of his influence lies in the massive wealth he possesses.
He is a founding father of the ruling party the APC and greatly responsible for masterminding the defeat of the PDP in the last general elections. Naturally Machiavelian, Jagaban is known to be very cool and composed even under pressure and said to have an uncanny ability of developing effective stratagems for different problems.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Chief Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo is a former president of the federal republic of Nigeria. The Only president to rule Nigeria 3 times, Obasanjo is a very influential figure in Nigerian politics as a whole. Once described as a ‘megalomaniac’ and ‘deceitful’ by his daughter, the former leader is known to be ruthless to those he perceives as enemies.
OBJ or Baba as he is fondly called, is also known to be fearless as he has, on different occasions, attacked presidents who succeeded him, mostly through open letters or jibes during interviews. He is also not a fan of Tinubu as both politicians do not really interact. A certain animosity exists between them.
Peter Ayodele Fayose, the son of a pastor, is the current governor and only governor to defeat an incumbent in the history of Ekiti state. Fayose fondly called ‘lion’ or ‘street boy’ is a very strong grassroots politician. His influence lies in his ability to mingle with people of all ages and class. His introduction of the ‘stomach infrastruture’ program to his people cemented his rock-solid influence in the state.
His influence in Yoruba politics as whole started to grow with his recent jibes at the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari. Contrary to beliefs that he would be shunned by the Yorubas because he was not a member of the APC (a party with the largest number of yoruba members), he has actually succeeded in gaining the respect of many Nigerians including yorubas with his boldness and grit.
Chief Olusegun Mimiko
Chief Olusegun Mimiko is the current governor of Ondo state. Popularly called ‘Iroko’, mimiko has distiguished himeself in yoruba politics. He is deeply respected by many top yoruba politicians due to his peace-loving and quiet nature.
Chief Bisi Akande
Chief Bisi Akande is a founding member of the alliance for Democracy (AD) and the first interim Chairman of the All progressives congress (APC). He was a governor of Osun state from 1993 – 2000. His influence lies in the fact that he was intrumental in the merger of the AD into the APC. He is said to be one of the few people that Tinubu listens to and takes advice from. His political endorsement carries a lot of weight in Yorubaland.
Chief Ibikunle Amosun
Chief Ibikunle Amosun is the current governor of Ogun state. His influence lies in the fact that he is the eyes and ears of Nigeria’s current president, Muhammadu Buhari, in Yorubaland.
Chief Olabode George
Chief Olabode george is a strong PDP chieftain in Lagos state. Although an ex-convict, Bode-george commands a lot of respect in Yoruba politics. He is said to be quite stubborn and hard-headed but very resourceful and fearless. He is the rumored arch-enemy of Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos state.
Rauf Aregbesola is the current governor of Osun state and close friend of Bola Tinubu. Known to be very hardworking and tough, Aregbesola has a wide-network of connections among yoruba traditional chiefs.He is popularly called ‘ogbeni’ and also a top-ranking member of the ruling party, APC.
Chief Iyiola Omisore
Chief Iyiola Omisore, fondly called ‘Otunba’ is a former deputy governor of Osun state and a member of the PDP. He has considerable influence in Yoruba politics and is feared for his brash toughness. He is also rumored to have a wide network of henchmen in his control.
Chief Femi Fani Kayode
Chief Olufemi Fani Kayode is a former aviation minister and a chieftain of the PDP. A trained lawyer, Fani Kayode’s influence has been increasing following his jibes and frequent exposure of the mistakes of the Buhari administration. Known for his use of metaphors in his well-researched articles against the presidency and its actions, FFK as he is fondly called has built a strong followership online and offline.