Tinubu returns 9 days to inauguration

After spending a week in Europe, the President-elect has returned to Nigeria on Saturday, 20th May.

This recent journey had sparked speculation, with certain reports suggesting that he was grappling with an undisclosed illness.

However, according to his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, the purpose of the trip was for him to rest before his inauguration on 29th May.

Recall that Expressive Info reported that Tinubu would be leaving Nigeria for Europe to learn more about how to restructure Nigeria during his administration, which is yet to be in effect. The press statement from his media aide also said that he will return soon enough to prepare for his swearing-in.

During his time overseas, Tinubu held meetings with Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), and former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi.

These meetings caused unease, with certain Kano APC leaders threatening to withdraw their support for the President-elect if he implements a decision made during the discussions in France.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano also expressed concerns about the meeting, as revealed in a leaked audio conversation.

However, despite the tensions, Ganduje was among the dignitaries who greeted Tinubu upon his return at the Abuja airport.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima, and Godswill Akpabio, the preferred candidate for the 10th Senate presidency, were also present to welcome Tinubu.

The president-elect arrived amidst the controversy surrounding the endorsement of certain lawmakers as leaders of the 10th National Assembly. During a protest by aggrieved aspirants, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the APC, stated that the list of National Assembly leadership would be reviewed, but no action was taken during Tinubu’s absence.