The plot by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to get United States to deny Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), US visa has failed. The Waziri of Adamawa arrived US on Thursday night.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, had earlier cautioned the US Embassy not to grant Atiku the US visa. He noted that it would give the impression that US is in support of the opposition party’s candidate.
Atiku, along with the Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, arrived Washington DC and in the waiting hands of his associates as well as supporters in the Diaspora last night.
The former Vice President Atiku’s US visa is believed to have been secured by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. This, some argue, confirms the loss of confidence in the Buhari administration by the United States.
Atiku, Saraki, and former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, are expected to meet with US government officials later today.
He is also scheduled to meet the business community and the Nigerian community before returning home on Saturday.
Atiku is in the US again after a decade of exile for reasons bordering 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.