Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is back in the country after being in the UK for three months for medical treatment that included knee surgery. He returned to Nigeria on Friday.
Just 24 hours earlier, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had launched the South-West Agenda 2023 (SWAGA ’23), a group that supports Tinubu as the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 election. The former governor of Lagos State is now in Lagos.
Tinubu has not declared his desire to run for any office in 2023, but whispers and veiled hints suggest he may be interested in the lofty position.
While visiting Tinubu in the UK lately, the Northern House of Representatives who supported his candidacy gave credibility to Tinubu’s alleged interest.
Numerous political figures came to see him in London, including President Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the governors of Kano, Ogun, Lagos, and Ondo states, as well as Rotimi Akeredolu and Kayode Fayemi. He also met with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May. (Ekiti.)
Former Ogun State governor and current Ogun Central senator Ibikunle Amosun, former Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, and member of Borno State’s Gubio, Kaga, and Magumeri Federal Constituency Usman Zanna also paid Tinubu a visit.
Others include Lagos State Deputy Gov. Obafemi Hamzat; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa; Lagos State Gov.’s Chief of Staff Tayo Ayinde; Lagos State Gov.’s Deputy Chief of Staff Gboyega Soyannwo; Lagos State Gov.’s Special Education Advisor Tokunbo Wahab; and a former APC National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire.
Two days earlier than his stated homecoming date, Tinubu landed in Lagos unexpectedly on Friday evening, according to media reports.
According to a Friday press release by the Tinubu Media Office headlined “Asiwaju is back,” the former governor had right knee surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation and was now completely recovered, according to the release.
Contrary to rumours, he has not had any further surgical operations and has no plans to do so in the future. The attending surgeon reports that his recovery has gone well and even ahead of plan.
His knee surgery went well, and he’s back to work, doing all he can to help our beloved country move toward progressive democracy and decent government.
The first thing Asiwaju would want to say is how grateful he is to President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the time to pay him a visit in London and wish him well after his knee surgery.
There are many friends, colleagues, supporters, and well-wishers who have been with him in prayers and supplications to Allah. He is also not forgetting them.
A report from SWAGA 23 claims that Tinubu is well-positioned to win the 2023 presidential election, with 12 million votes already cast in his favour.