Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is presently in the United Kingdom en route United States of America.
The former Vice President will spend few days in the United Kingdom before leaving for the US.
A dependable source confirmed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was instrumental for the issuance of the US Visa to Atiku.
Obasanjo’s drastic move is to give Atiku a good image among the electorates and the international community that Atiku is not a corrupt man and is free to enter the US.
Shortly before Atiku issued the visa, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, last Thursday cautioned US embassy in granting the visa to Atiku.
But in a twist of event, on Friday, Rusell Brooks, spokesman of US Consulate in Lagos gave a contrary opinion in favor of Atiku.
Brooks said that issuance of US Visa to Nigerians irrespective of their status is strictly a confidential matter.
Atiku is entering the US again after a decade bothering on arrest over his alleged bribery scandal involving a former US Congressman, William Jefferson.
The former Vice President was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecom firms in Nigeria.