Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is “hale and hearty” in London, the United Kingdom.
Mr Sanwo-Olu told journalists on Wednesday in Lagos that he made the trip to the UK and shared the photos with the APC leader to dispel the rumours about his ill-health.
The governor was quoted by his chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile as saying, “I am the one you saw in the picture that I took when I visited our leader in London just to dispel all of the rumours that were flying around that he was sick and hospitalised.”
Akosile said the governor spoke to the journalists a few hours after his return from London.
Last weekend Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state was absent at the APC’s ward congress in Lagos. He also missed the local government elections in the state penultimate Saturday.
His absence increased speculations about his health, with some reports suggesting Tinubu had died and the federal government keeping it away from the public.
Last Saturday, Tunde Rahman, Mr Tinubu’s media aide, issued a statement maintaining that his principal was not in a hospital abroad or had any “medical problem that would require hospitalisation.”
On Tuesday, photos of Governor Sanwo-Olu and Mr Tinubu in London were circulated on social media by persons loyal to the APC as part of efforts to allay fears of the APC leader’s infirmity.
“You saw him (Tinubu). He is well, he is healthy and we conversed. We talked about what is happening in our party, what is happening in the nation and just to say to him that all is well,” Mr Sanwo-Olu added.
“I went to see things for myself. It is just to put the mind and heart of people to rest that there is nothing for us to worry about,” the governor disclosed.
“A man has discretion as to decide when to go out of the country and when to return. It is his call. Is he coming here to do Governor’s work? Can’t you see the picture we took together? Picture doesn’t lie,” he said.
By Abel Ejikeme