BREAKING: Atiku arrives US, may speak at chamber of commerce



Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), arrived in Washington, DC on Thursday.

The former vice-president is expected to speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, from 2:30pm to 4pm.

The private roundtable, which is hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Africa Business Centre, is expected to hold at 1615 H street, NW 20062.

Recall that we reported in December 2018 that Atiku had been issued with a US visa for the first time in 13 years.

TheCable reports that the former vice-president, who has been unable to enter the US for years, arrived in the US on Thursday.

His row with the US authorities began after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal involving William Jefferson, former US congressman, in 2004.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has repeatedly said he was running away from investigations by the US authorities.

Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC, had said Atiku could not travel everywhere, asking Nigerians to elect President Muhammadu Buhari whom he said could go everywhere.

"We have a president whose integrity cannot be faulted anywhere in the world, but the PDP has a presidential candidate who can only travel to Dubai," Oshiomhole had said.

Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.

The FBI had searched his residence in the posh neighbourhood of Potomac, Maryland, but no money was found.

The investigators had videotaped Jefferson, who was the congressman representing Louisiana, receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills which he claimed was meant for Atiku, but the former vice-president has consistently denied the allegation.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have been very instrumental in the process which made the US grant Atiku the visa.

Atiku is expected to hold consultative forum with Nigerians in diaspora.



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