The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States.

It was learnt that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja.

It was gathered that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019  presidential election.

It was also learnt that those planning the trip with the former VP are out to use it to address some US congress caucuses, as well as a high ranking officials in the Donald Trump administration.

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Reacting to the development, the Federal Government warned the US to be cautious about granting Atiku a visa now.

It said this was necessary in order not to create the impression that the PDP candidate had been endorsed by America for the 2019 election.

Meanwhile, the PDP has alleged that the All Progressives Congress “is already jittery because of the calamity that will soon befall them”.

The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who spoke on Atiku’s application for a US visa, asked the APC and FG to be ready to accept defeat in the February presidential election.

He said, “What is their own in the visa that they are calling on the authorities of another country not to grant a private citizen?

“The fact is that the APC government has failed. They are already jittery. They know that the game is up and that’s why they have been running from pillar to post.

“Tell them that their days of deceit are over. Nigerians are tired of them and they can no longer lie or take the people for a ride anymore.”

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