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Why We Visited Tinubu In London – House Of Reps Members

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The Northern caucus of the House of Representatives has disclosed its reason for visiting the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in London.

Naija News had reported that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Ahmed Idris Wase, on Friday, led the lawmakers on a visit to the former Lagos governor.

Tinubu has been in the United Kingdom since July and is believed to be recuperating after reportedly undergoing knee surgery in the US.

While in London, his residence has turned to a pilgrimage site of some sort, playing host to many notable individuals and leaders particularly from the APC.

In an interview with the Punch, a member of the delegation who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the visit was to endorse Tinubu for President.

He said even though Tinubu has not publicly declared his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, the lawmakers have backed his candidature.

He said, “We in the North (House of Representatives caucus) are kind of endorsing his candidature because he is a national leader and you know that he is (reportedly) aspiring. Whether you like it or not, he wants to be President of this country. So, we felt that if the northern caucus of the National Assembly – in the House of Reps – would come to see how he is recuperating, we thought that it would mean so much.

“He really appreciated our coming because he said he rated our coming second after the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari. He mentioned that governors and others came but this is a mini Nigeria in the House of Reps, for the entire northern caucus to find time to come and see how he is faring.

“He stood up and walked. I’m sure you have seen the video. I think he has recovered; he is not doing badly at all – this is not politics. I think because of his age, he has to still go for physiotherapy and things like that. These are things that will take time for him to fully do some politicking. He will soon come back to Nigeria.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.