The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been away in London, the United Kingdom for the past two months.
No fewer than 30 politicians including President Muhammadu Buhari have visited him since he left the shore of Nigeria for London.
Tinubu, popularly known as Jagaban's absence from Nigeria was first prominently noticed during the local government elections in Lagos which was held on Saturday, July 24.
Tunde Rahman, Tinubu's media adviser, in a press statement issued on July 31, said though the former Lagos state governor was out of Nigeria, he was not hospitalised as claimed by some reports.
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“He (Tinubu) is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly,” he said, adding that his boss was “hale and hearty.”
The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on August 4, said that he visited Tinubu in London and took photos with him.
“Yes, indeed, I am the one you saw in the picture that I took when I visited our leader in London just to dispel all of the rumours that were flying around that he was sick and hospitalised.
“You saw him (Tinubu). He is well, he is healthy and we conversed. We talked about what is happening in our party, what is happening in the nation and just to say to him that all is well.
Tinubu's media office described President Buhari’s visit as a “friendly and welcome one”, adding that the president demonstrated his personal thoughtfulness and humility; defying the erroneous commentaries peddled by his critics.
Following Buhari’s visit, scores of politicians and loyalist of the APC leader including governors, senators, amongst others have since visited him in London as seen in viral photos after such visits.
Here is the list of the politicians who have visited Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London:
1. President Muhammadu Buhari
2. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state
3. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state
4. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state
5. Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state
6. Femi Gbajabiamila - Speaker of House of Representatives
7. Senator Ibikunle Amosun
8. Former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima
9. Usman Zanna, Borno Reps member
10. Obafemi Hamzat - Deputy governor of Lagos state
11. Tayo Ayinde - Chief of staff to Lagos governor
12. Gboyega Soyannwo - Deputy chief of staff to Lagos governor
13. Tokunbo Wahab - Special adviser to Sanwo-Olu on education
14. Muiz Banire - Former APC national legal adviser
15. Mudashiru Obasa - The Speaker of Lagos Assembly
16. Temitope Adewale - Lagos lawmaker
17. Nureni Akinsanya - Lagos lawmaker
18. Sylvester Ogunkelu - Lagos lawmaker
19. Senator Adetokunbo Abiru (Lagos East)
20. Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central)
21. Senator Adeola Solomon (Lagos West)
22. Senator Adelere Oriolowo (Osun West)
23. Senator Mohammed Sanni (Niger East)
24. Adebayo Olasoju - Chairman, Isolo LCDA
25. Adekunle Akanbi - APC chieftain, Lagos
26. Wasiu Ayinde - Fuji musician and politician
The report also indicated that Governor Ganduje visited Tinubu with his wife Hafsat; their son, Umar Ganduje; three lawmakers as well four other members of the Ganduje’s family.
Southwest youths ignore Tinubu, endorse Governor Yahaya Bello for president
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the southwest youths declared their support for the presidential ambition of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
It was reported that the youths under the auspices of GYB2PYB Support Group across the southwest geopolitical zone expressed their preference for Bello to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
The director-general of the group, Oladele Nihi, while speaking at the event said the brain behind the conference is to conscientise Nigerians, especially the youths on the need to support youth presidency come 2023.