Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA popularly called Tokunbo Abiru is the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial district at the 9th National Assembly. He is seeking reelection. He has already collected his Nomination form and returned it. He has done a lot in the last one and a half years and he feels one good turn deserves another.
Before he became a Senator, he was the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Limited, Nigeria. He attended the six-week Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme and Lagos Business School (Senior Management Programme). He holds a B.Sc (Economics) from Lagos State University and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Honorary Senior Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
On August 24, 2020, Abiru resigned from Polaris Bank to contest the Lagos East senatorial election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Before going into politics, he was a distinguished banker. He rose to the position of Executive Director at First Bank Nigeria Ltd (2013–16), and was also the Honourable Commissioner of Finance, Lagos State, between 2011 and 2013 under the dynamic and transformational leadership of Babatunde R. Fashola (SAN) as Governor.
He was appointed in July 2016 by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as Group Managing Director to lead the turnaround of the regulator-induced takeover of the then troubled Skye Bank, in a bid to preserve the stability of the overall Nigerian Financial System. The successful completion of the assignment gave birth to today’s Polaris Bank Limited.
Tokunbo has also served in various boards, including Airtel Mobile Networks Limited; FBN Capital Limited (now FBN Quest Merchant Bank Limited); FBN Bank Sierra –Leone Limited; and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). During this pandemic Covid19, he donated 150,000 face masks to primary schools in his zone.
During Abiru’s time as Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, the State floated an N80 billion bond, earning it the EMEA Finance’s Best Local Currency Bond Award for 2012. He opened up discussions on Taxation in Lagos State after the discovery of over 5.5 million tax evaders in 2013. His efforts also led to increased Land Use Charge revenue generations to the tune of N6.2bn.
Abiru is also a member of the Lagos HOMs Committee, which is in charge of the Lagos State Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (HOMs) instituted to reduce the housing deficit in the State.
He was elected as the Senator of Lagos East Senatorial district in a by-election on December 5, 2020, and he is seeking re-election now.