Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been away in London, the United Kingdom for the past few weeks.
His absence from Nigeria was first prominently noticed during the local government elections in Lagos which was held on Saturday, July 24.
Tinubu, a former Lagos governor, did not vote during the election as he was not in Nigeria. His absence during the crucial political time in Lagos fueled speculations as some claimed he was sick.
However, his media aide, Tunde Rahman, debunked the sick/death rumours being peddled about his principal.
Rahman said Tinubu was not dead nor hospitalised.
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Nevertheless, PM News reported that Tinubu had undergone knee surgery in London and is recuperating.
Since his stay in the UK, the APC chieftain's London residence has turned to "Mekkah" where Nigerian political stakeholders take turns to visit.
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, opened the special visit to Tinubu on Tuesday, August 3.
Governor Sanwo-Olu later explained that the purpose of the visit "was really around the rumours flying around about him."
Contrary to the rumours, he said the APC leader was well and healthy.
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Buhari who was in the UK for an education summit and medical checkup paid a visit to his political ally on Thursday, August 12.
Photos of the president and Asiwaju were shared on social media by presidential aides and other Nigerians.
On Wednesday, August 18, Muiz Banire, a former chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and ex-legal adviser to the ruling APC also met with Tinubu in London.
The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has also visited Tinubu in London. A brief statement on his Facebook page indicates he visited the southwest's political heavyweight on Wednesday, August 25.
Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state and chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum visited Tinubu alongside Fayemi on Wednesday, August 25.
Mudashiru Obasa and other Lagos state lawmakers
Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, and other members of the state's legislature have also visited Tinubu.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, August 27, Obasa and other lawmakers said they had lengthy discussions with their host, adding that he is hale and hearty.
Lagos deputy governor Dr Kadri Hamzat
According to PM News, the deputy governor of Lagos state, Dr Kadri Hamzat, is also among the growing list of politicians who have visited Tinubu in London. Others who visited the APC leader alongside Hamzat are:
The chief of staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
The deputy chief of staff to Lagos state governor
The special adviser to Lagos state governor on education
The former governor of Ogun state and serving senator in the ninth National Assembly, Ibikunle Amosun, has also paid a visit to the leader of the APC.
The Punch in a Facebook post on Thursday, September 2, shared the photos of the two leaders of the ruling APC.
House of Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila
Also, on Friday, September 3, a photo of the speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila with Tinubu was posted on Facebook by BBC News Pidgin.
The news media confirmed Gbajabiamila is one of the latest politicians to visit the APC leader in London.
Tinubu thanks Buhari for London visit
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Tinubu expressed deep thanks to President Buhari for visiting him in London.
In a statement issued by his media office on Friday, August 13, Tinubu said the president's visit to him underscored his considerate and caring personality.
The statement partly read:
By this gesture, Mr President has, again, demonstrated his personal thoughtfulness and humility; defying the erroneous commentaries peddled by his critics."
Presidency 2023: My simple advice to Tinubu - Governor Yahaya Bello
Meanwhile, Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, has advised Tinubu against contesting for presidency in 2023.
Governor Bello's advice is contained in an interview published by Daily Trust on Sunday, August 22.
Though he has not openly declared his interest, there are strong speculations that Tinubu wants to succeed President Buhari in 2023.