By Olasunkanmi Akoni
All Progressive Congress, APC, national leader and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, returned to Nigeria, Saturday, amidst fanfare after three months of absence, following a successful knee surgery in the United States of America, USA. Tinubu declared: “I am back and better.”
A grand reception planned for him at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island was cancelled on his request in sympathy with the families who lost their loved ones in the Associated Airline plane crash on Thursday in Lagos.
Hundreds of well wishers, including party leaders, members of the National Assembly from Lagos State, local government chairmen, friends, party members, market men and women, amidst tight security, thronged the Murtala Muhammed International Airport to receive him.
The jet that brought the APC leader touched down at the airport around 1:30pm.
On arrival, Tinubu, clad in a white caftan and his blue trademark cap to match, was received by his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Iyaloja General of Lagos Market Men and Women, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
Tinubu, addressing journalists, said he felt good returning back to his homeland after a long while abroad attending to his health.
Commenting on the registration of APC as a party, he expressed confidence that the registration would pull through even in his absence, assuring that the party is on a mission to save Nigeria and the party remained determined to re-write the political history of governance in Nigeria.
On the 13-man Advisory Committee for National Conference, NC, set up by the Federal Government, Tinubu wondered why the move came suddenly ahead of the 2015 elections, saying, “How do you develop the agenda? It’s a diversionary tactic.
”How long have we been talking about this? Why suddenly? Now there is something in political and social history. They say we have Greek gift. Two crumbs of poison that will survive the trappings of the onus. Let us first of all ask ourselves some questions, I am yet to consult with my party, but I see a contradiction here. I see a diversion here, I see deception here, I see lack of honesty and integrity here, I see a state of a sinking ship that needs no raft any longer; allow it to sink, build a new life, move the nation forward.
“I will consult with the party leaders and we will look at the agenda and develop our own agenda along it.
”But Nigeria is divisive now. Why is this coming a few months before the elections? Can’t you smell a good soup when it is passing. It is left for our party and all of us. I am a democrat.
“This is a president that said it was unnecessary to have a Sovereign National Conference because the sovereignty is in the National Assembly; that was his belief then, now he says it is okay. “