Atiku Returns Back To Nigeria After Failure To Secure U.S Assurance Not To Get Arrested?
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar has returned to the country after a short trip to London, the United Kingdom.
His return on Saturday put a lie to reports that Atiku had traveled to the US after he was granted a visa to the United States government.
Earlier on Saturday evening, online news platform, The Cable in an exclusive report, claimed that Atiku, through former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had been issued a US visa. The former vice President was said to have traveled to U.K, with hopes to enter into the United States from there.
However, according to a group, Initiative To Save Democracy, Atiku, who has not traveled to America in 13 years, had on Thursday traveled to the UK, upon getting an American Visa to proceed to the country, from the U.K.
In a statement signed by its president, Akinloye James, the British government informed the presidential candidate that, as the U.S Department of Justice explicitly stated that, it can’t guarantee that Atiku wouldn’t be arrested if he set foot on the country’s soil.
According to the group, Atiku, having failed to secure the assurances of the British government and avoiding arrest by the International Police (InterPol), quickly came back home.
Atiku, who touched ground at exactly 5.45pm on Saturday, is billed to visit Sokoto tomorrow in continuation of his campaign and is also expected to fulfill other campaign obligations as already planned for him by the presidential campaign council.
His political opponents had used his absence from the US, not just to taunt but to discredit him. His row with the US authorities began after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal involving William Jefferson, former US congressman, in 2004.
Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.
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