Asiwaju Tinubu out of country after declaring presidential ambition

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has travelled out of Nigeria weeks after declaring his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election.

A member of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Movement’s Working Committees told our correspondent on Friday that the former Lagos State governor travelled overseas to rest and strategise.

The source, who craved anonymity, said, “He (Tinubu) travelled abroad to rest after going around the country for consultations.”

Efforts to get the comments of the Director-General of the Tinubu Support Group, Abdulmumin Jibrin, proved abortive as of press time.

However, Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, in a text response to an inquiry, said the APC stalwart would return to Nigeria next week.

He said, “Asiwaju’s trip to the UK (United Kingdom) is not to rest or because of any illness.

“While abroad, Asiwaju is maintaining a vigorous schedule of meetings and consultations on a range of important matters.

“Whether at home or abroad, the daily schedule of Asiwaju is vibrant and full. Most people couldn’t sustain his high level of activity. This speaks to his exceptional intellectual energy and his commitment to achievement.”

“Asiwaju will return to Nigeria next week once this set of meetings and talks abroad is completed,” he added.

Tinubu had on January 10, visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), and announced to State House correspondents that he had informed the President of his intention to contest the presidential election in 2023.

Tinubu had also travelled to some parts of the country including Oyo, Niger, and Zamfara states to widen consultations for his political ambition.

He was, however, conspicuously absent on Thursday during the formal inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Movement’s Working Committees in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

The movement was conceived and set up by members of Governor’s Advisory Council in Lagos for the actualisation of the presidential ambition of the politician, and launched by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, who celebrated his 69th birthday in March 2021, was away for over three months in 2021. He had been in the United Kingdom where he underwent surgery and therapy for a knee injury.

The health condition of the APC leader has since become a subject of controversy but many of his staunch supporters have argued that Tinubu is fit to become Nigeria’s President, adding that he is not older than the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, 79; and his predecessor, Donald Trump, 75.