👤 Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has arrived in the United States where he is holding crucial meetings with members of the American Senate.
Abubakar Atiku, who did not visit the US since he left office as Vice President in 2007, was accompanied on the trip by the President of the eight Senate, Bukola Saraki and Ben Bruce, DENISAURUS News can report.
Last year, it was revealed that the PDP Presidential candidate had received his visa to visit President Donald Trump’s country.
At the time, members of the All Progressives Congress government cautioned the Department of Justice about the impending visit of the former Vice President, advising that a case should be instituted against him over the “Jefferson’s case and the cold 90,000 U.S. dollar in fridge.”
The Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed also said the US Government must not to entertain such visit, saying that it would amount to an endorsement of “one particular candidate over the other.”
“We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
“However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other.
“Impression must not be created that the US government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other. I am sure you will all recall the Jefferson’s case and the cold $90,000 in fridge.
“We are not unaware that Atiku has engaged the services of some lobbyists to persuade the US to issue visa to him. Our position is that if the former Vice President is seeking the US visa we have no problem about it. However, we want the US government not to create the impression that it is endorsing one candidate over the other.”