The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku lands in the US, after it was initially reported that he was not flying to the country.
In a latest development, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has just updated his social media timeline indicating that he has just landed in Washington D.C to meet with US government officials and Nigerians living in D.C.
Upon arriving the States, Alhaji Abubarka with the Senate President and the entourage checked into President Trump owned hotel, KBJOJO exclusively gathered
Our source also informed that Alhaji Atiku Abubarka has held a meeting with US Secretary of State. The modalities of the meeting was yet to be established.
Below are photos taken by KBJOJO ‘s correspondent in Washignton on Thursday.
Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community. -AA” He wrote
The opposition People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Thursday arrived to the United States of America.
Atiku arrived to a friendly reception at the Washington Dulles Airport, where a bunch of flowers awaited him. It was his first time in the states since a restriction hindering him from going there was reportedly lifted.
The earlier avoidance is allegedly as a result of many reports placing him in danger of an arrest due to his connection with a US Congressman Williams Jefferson. Atiku had reportedly facilitated a deal with the legislator to help with improving broadband services in Nigeria when he was Vice-President.
His visit to the US was confirmed by former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka who wrote in a tweet.
The possibility of an imminent to the US since a travel restriction to the country was reportedly lifted, has been long debated.
According to the report published by KBJOJO.com , Otunba Gbenga Daniel who is the Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO) confirmed in October 2018, that the PDP candidate had received “signals from American officials” to apply for a visa to visit the United States of America.
It took long before making the trip down there because of the engagements lined up for his presidential campaign.
Sahara Reporters confirmed from a private source two months after, what Atiku’s journey to America will mean.
The source says, “if you look at how much of an issue his (Atiku) US avoidance has been in his campaign so far, you would understand that Atiku won’t mind taking a few days off to make that trip to the US to prove that he is not wanted for corruption, just to give his campaign that massive anti-corruption lift.”
The presidential candidate was seen at the Washington Dulles International Airport alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community,” Abubakar tweeted on Thursday evening.
He is expected to speak at the United States Chamber of Commerce in DC on Friday.
Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community. -AA pic.twitter.com/EafM47B83A
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 17, 2019
Abubakar has not visited the country for a few years.
He and his fourth wife Jennifer Douglas, an American citizen, were allegedly indicted in 2010in a 328-page American Senate committee report for transferring over $40 million “suspect funds” to America from offshore accounts between 2002 and 2008.
Abubakar served as Nigerian vice president between 199 and 2007.
“Ms Douglas helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million from little known offshore corporations, primarily LetsGo Ltd. Inc., Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., and Sima Holding Ltd,” the Carl Levin-led Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation said on page 173 of its report.
Although Abubakar has not visited the United States since he was indicted, he has maintained that he did nothing wrong.Advertisement
He insisted he can be Nigerian president without visiting America, one of Nigeria’s most important allies.
In November, the Director General of the Atiku campaign organisation, Gbenga Daniel, says officials of the United States have hinted that Abubakar would get a U.S. visa if he applies for one.
“I can also confirm to you that in last few days that there have been signals from the American officials that he (Atiku) should indeed come forward so he can be granted a visa. So between you and I, all the issues are perception,” Daniel said in an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today.