The Presidential candidate of the cheif opposition party in Nigeria, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar lands at Washington-DC Airport,USA on Thursday evening, which alterably collapse the hellacious lobby by the Federal government to persuade the US to continually repudiate the PDP standardbearer access to obtain visa to the United States.
Atiku was given a warmth reception by his allies and the Diaspora supporters.
The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had at the clue of the United States granting Atiku visa some time in 2018, advised the Americans not to ponder on granting Atiku the visa as it might tell otherwise to the public that the PDP and Atiku have secured international endorsement from the US.
Lai Mohammed stansing For the federal government, said that might mean interference in the internal affairs of Nigeria as the general election was a few months away then.
The sojourn of the PDP torchbearer to the United States, serve a conspicuous diplomatic and a political assault to the APC and it’s cohorts appearing that President Muhammadu Buhari would neglected a major stone of the ruling party’s campaign. as the inability of Atiku to obtain visa into the US since 2007 when he left office turned history.
Bightnews gathered that upon Atiku’s eventual receipt of the visa on Thursday evening, did not only had the etch of Obasanjo but also showcase loss of confidence in the PMB led APC administration by the United States.
Mr. Paul Ibe, media aide to the president hopeful Atiku Abubakar, while affirming the Thursday visit, said in a statement that his boss arrived the US at 22.20 hours (14.20 hours Washington DC time).
He said, the president hopeful was accompanied by the Director General of his campaign and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, and would meet with US government officials.
In Paul Ibe’s words “Thursday morning, he left Abuja accompanied by the DG of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki for the United States.
“Atiku will in the course of his trip hold meetings with US government officials, the business community and the Nigerian community. He will return to the country on Saturday.”
Bright news gathered from anonymous last night that Atiku had informal meetings with business groups and some state officials, shortly after arrival and would be meeting with Congress and State Department officials Friday.
Atiku had moreover, slated to meet later today with Chairman, Senate Committee on Africa, Senator Jeff Flake, and the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Ambassador Tibor Nagy.