Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress who enjoys a frontline position in the 2023 race, will return to Nigeria tomorrow, Saturday, after a successful trip to London, United Kingdom, which saw him deliver a convincing explanation of his governance agenda at Chatham House, an influential think-tank in the UK.
PODIUM REPORTERS learned this exclusively from a reliable source in the candidate’s team who hinted his travel plans.
Tinubu will make a triumphant return following his widely-praised performance at Chatham House where, in addition to a speech highlighting the key plans and vision of his ‘Renewed Hope’ manifesto, he also participated in a question and answer segment during which he offered lucid explanations centred around his plan to grow the country’s economy, secure its citizens, and negotiate a favourable position for Nigeria as the world undergoes a dramatic shift occasioned by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, climate change action, and reshuffle of the international order.
Also in London, Tinubu took part in a now-viral interview with the BBC where he emphasized his fitness for the country’s highest office based on his track record of performance and competent economic management, achievements he claimed his opponents lacked.
Tinubu dismissed exaggerated notions of his personal fortune and its source, while also providing previously-established records of his sterling academic and career history.
He also drew an important contrast with Peter obi, the Labour Party candidate, when queried about his qualification for the presidential office. Unlike Obi who reeled out unrelated data about Bangladesh despite serving an eight-year term in charge of Anambra State, Tinubu leaned on his achievements as Lagos governor, including his transformation of the city-state dogged by criminality and administrative dysfunction to a modern economic giant.
He is expected back in Nigeria with his entourage of APC Governors and senior officials of his presidential campaign council, including Nasir ElRufai of Kaduna state, Umar Ganduja of Kano State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, among others.