Tinubu House In London Has Become The New Mecca For Politicians

WALE ELEGBEDE reports on the recent visits by a section of Nigeria’s political leaders to the London, United Kingdom’s home of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which has turned the residence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader to a Mecca of some sort

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, is a private citizen as he is not presently holding any public office. But his Duchess Mews, Portland Place, Central London home is fast turning to a destination choice for a section of politicians in Africa’s most populous nation. Of course, the reason for this is not farfetched.

The former Lagos State governor, who is one of Nigeria’s greatest political figures of the Fourth Republic, is currently staying in the UK over the past few months and like an elephant, there couldn’t have been a hiding place for him from his associates and non-associates alike.

Although Tinubu had on several occasions received and entertained visitors in his UK home, his current vacation, and stay in the house has been a subject of debate back home as issues have been raised over his health status.

Fondly called the Jagaban, the APC stalwart is one of the most talked-about Nigerians alive. Even before tones of voice about his yetto- be-announced 2023 presidential aspiration started renting the air, his acute strategic sense in politics and governance is one of the many standouts for him.

Since 2007 that he ended his second term as Lagos governor, Tinubu has not held an official position in government, but his influence national politics has grown. His style has always been to encourage the younger generation in politics and the likes Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, among others, owe their political success to him.

With his clout within and outside the ruling party, it was fitting for anyone to assume that he is next in line to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 especially if the APC shifts to the south.

This line of thinking, has, however, drew support and flaks in equal measures for Tinubu, who is a veteran of many battles. Though still silent, his formidable political network and associates have already given him a head start over many other contenders for the 2023 race.

A case in point is the Senator Dayo Adeyeye-led South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA), which has launched a campaign for the Lagos big man.

From the blues came overwhelming reports around July that Tinubu was sick, hospitalized and some even rumored his death. It got so tensed that the propagators of the narrative even reported a fixed date for the purported burial of the former Lagos governor using fake voice notes and pictures to advance their falsehood.
Of course, Tinubu, who is 69, is like every human and not infallible; he is also flesh and blood, susceptible to human frailty like illness and others. But those who had alternative motives used the Jagaban’s absence during President Muhammadu Buhari recent visit to Lagos to commission projects as an explanation of his indisposed state.

They also went further to fabricate stories that his health had deteriorated and was quickly flown abroad, hence, his nonappearance in the campaign train of his party, the APC, in the run-up to the July 24 local government election in Lagos State.

At another point, the rumour mills took their mischief to another level through a viral Whatsapp voice note stating that Tinubu died in the United Arab Emirates hospital, another said he was on a back to back surgery in the United States, just as others claimed he had contracted Covid-19 and had complications.

But Mr. Tunde Rahman, the Media Adviser to the APC leader had to come out to rebuked those peddling the news that his principal had been hospitalised in an American hospital.

He attributed the false report to the work of mischief-makers, stating that though Tinubu was presently out of the country, he was hale and hearty and would be back soon. He said, “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is fine.

He is hale and hearty. He is not in any hospital. He has no medical problem that would require hospitalisation. Yes, he is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly, Anytime he travels out of the country, the next thing he does is............Proceed Reading For More Details

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