Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to the country Thursday, October 6, 2022 from the United Kingdom.
The APC flagbearer landed in Abuja to the warm embrace of party chieftains and supporters after 12 days away.
Some of those at the airport to receive him were his running mate, Kashim Shettima; the Director-General of the party’s presidential campaign, Governor Simon Lalong, and former APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
“After days of intensive political consultations and meetings in London; our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is expected back in Abuja, later today,” presidential spokesperson, Bashir Ahmad, had earlier said in a tweet, forecasting his return.
Also, the spokesman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Festus Keyamo, had on Wednesday also said Tinubu will soon be back in the country.
“I know he would be back in a couple of days. I have that information. But I don’t know the particular day,” Keyamo said on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“I can’t say Friday or Saturday but I know he would be back in a couple of days.”
Equally important, Tinubu’s visit to the United Kingdom has made headlines in recent times.
Critics claim his absence when political campaigns have kickstarted suggested there might be issues. Others claim the former Lagos State governor is on a medical visit to the UK.
But speaking after his arrival, Mr Tinubu said he was prepared to get to work.
“The trip was very good,” he said. “I enjoyed my break. And I’m happy to be back in my fatherland.
“And Nigerians should expect a very intelligent ability to think and perform. Nigerians should expect that the help they needed is here, the hope that is almost jittering is back and back actively.
“And we hold every effort to the country of patriotism, dedication, capacity, and ability to do the job. Not negative thinking, not the fact that Nigeria has failed. This country is the greatest.
“If it is to rebuild, we are builders; if it is construction, we are constructors. And If it is assurance, we give Nigerians the assurance that we definitely make a better country out of it all.”