The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu has returned to Nigeria on after spending months overseas for medical treatment.
There was a repoet of “grand welcome” organised by his political associates but, due to his inability to stand the rigours of a physical rally, the ex-Lagos governor reportedly quietly entered into the country, shunning any fanfare.
SaharaReporters had reported that a grand welcome was being arranged at the Nigeria Police College in Ikeja, Lagos for the politician.
However, top sources confirmed his ‘early’ return on Friday.
“Tinubu has quietly returned tonight. He returned quietly but can’t stand the rigours of a physical rally.
“He arrived on a Falcon jet with registration number CP-CBT. The tracking for the jet is blocked on aviation tracking platforms,” a source disclosed.
It was also learnt that among those at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to meet Tinubu was the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
It was further learnt that the APC chieftain did not get down from his aircraft after his arrival.
“His passport was stamped from Quits Aviation but he departed from Evergreen hangar at the airport,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the APC in Lagos State had sent out a circular to its leaders across the state informing them that the Sunday welcome party being organised for Tinubu would not be held as earlier scheduled.
It was learnt that the APC sent the circular, signed by Alhaji Tunde Balogun (APC State Chairman), and Alhaji Maroun Are (GAC Secretary) to the party leaders believably at the ward and local government levels, without giving a specific reason for the change of plan.
“They’ve cancelled the police college event meant to welcome Tinubu back to Nigeria. It was due to the exposé of the media report,” the source said.
In the circular, the APC leaders were told that a new arrangement for welcoming Tinubu would be announced later.
“Dear leader/GAC member, you are hereby informed of change in plans/arrival of our National Leader billed for Sunday. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the plans/arrival have been put on hold. A new plan/arrival will be unfolded soon. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you,” the notice said.