Atiku Says He’s in US After 12 Years, to Meet Congressmen, Nigeria Community

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has the confirmed that he is in Washington DC, the United States capital.
In a tweet, he said was he will meet with US government officials and Nigerian community in the area.
He had previously been barred from entering the country following his indictment for money laundering by the US congress.
He last visited the States in 2007 as Vice President of Nigeria, and had not stepped his foot there over alleged involvement in bribery and corruption.
His aides had previously denied he was on US soil.
Atiku wrote on his Twitter handle: “Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community. -AA”, with a photograph, showing him clutching a bouquet of flowers, along with Senate President Bukola Saraki and a lady.
The Embassy of Nigeria in Washington DC had said it was not sure if the former Vice-President would be visiting the United States any moment soon.
Atiku was then being rumoured to have arrived in the United States on Thursday night. Some other reports said he was on his way.
The Embassy, however, said it was still awaiting official communication to that effect.
“Actually, we have not received any information for the embassy but we are just trying to find out whether really he is coming. That is what we are doing right now.
“They told us he’s coming tonight, today, so we are trying to find out whether he’s really coming.
“Mr (Peter) Obi, (Atiku’s running mate), he was to come last week but the event was cancelled.
“So we are still trying to see but if you get anything, please just let us know also because they said he’s coming here so that if you’re able to get any updated information, just inform us so that we can prepare vehicles to go to the airport and meet him and all that.
“For now, we have no information. If I am able to confirm anything, I will get back to you and please, if you too get any confirmation or any update, just get back to me, just call me.
“As a former Vice President, the Embassy is supposed to organise to receive him at the airport and all that, but then we have not received anything in that regards,” a source said.
Obi was billed to be in the U.S. last week and was scheduled to have a New Jersey/New York Townhall but the event was postponed.
The PDP vice-presidential candidate is now rescheduled for the New/Jersey/New York USA Town Hall Meeting at Robert Treat Best Western Hotel, New Jersey on Monday, January 21.
The clarification from the embassy came as online reports said Mr Atiku has either landed in the US or has taken off from Nigeria to address the US Chamber of Commerce on Friday, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm local time.

Author: News Editor

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