The coast is now clear for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic , Atiku Abubakar, to go to to the USA following the issuance of a visa to him.
It was learnt that Atiku had obtained the visa to allow him to journey the USA, which he final visited about 13 years in the past.
Atiku on Tuesday appeared on the US Embassy in Abuja, the place he was interviewed and his fingerprints taken.
Sources near him instructed considered one of our correspondents in Abuja on Saturday evening that Atiku was delighted with the issuance of the visa.
Atiku had stopped visiting the USA after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal that concerned a former US congressman, William Jefferson.
The previous Vice President was accused of demanding a kickback of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to 2 American telecommunication corporations in Nigeria.
In the course of the investigation, the FBI had searched Atiku’s residence in Maryland, but it surely was gathered that no money was discovered.
Regardless of Atiku’s declare to innocence, the controversy had continued unabated along with his opponents daring him to go to the nation and see if he wouldn’t be arrested.
Atiku’s former boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was mentioned to have performed “important function” within the issuance of the visa.
The will of Atiku to safe the visa had caught the eye of the primary opposition party, the All Progressives Congress and the Federal Authorities final week.
The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had known as on the US to not grant the visa, saying doing so now might be interpreted as endorsement for Atiku’s presidential ambition.
In a swift response, the USA had replied, saying Atiku’s need to safe the visa was non-public.
In the meantime, Obasanjo and the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, have agreed to intervene within the disaster rocking the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign Council.
Recall that the PDP Nationwide Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated the party’s presidential marketing campaign council.
The occasion was attended by totally different stakeholders within the party, together with Atiku.
Nonetheless, considered one of our correspondents gathered that some members of the party thought-about essential to its success within the February presidential election had expressed reservations in regards to the working of the campaigns.
One among them was the Governor of Rivers, Chief Nyesom Wike, who’s the party’s South-South zonal coordinator for the marketing campaign.
Wike, who supported Tambuwal throughout the presidential main, had claimed that he was being sidelined within the marketing campaign council.
He was mentioned to have threatened to resign his place because the zonal coordinator for the presidential marketing campaign.
Nonetheless, it was gathered that the nationwide management of the party and Atiku had spoken with the governor to rescind the choice.
As a observe up, the party and Atiku have been mentioned to have requested Tambuwal to go to Wike and persuade him on the necessity to work along with the party for the final elections.
The supply mentioned that Obasanjo would additionally communicate with another aggrieved members of the party, particularly from the North.
Obasanjo, it was gathered, had agreed to fulfill with the aggrieved individuals in Abuja this week.
When requested for touch upon the matter, Secondus instructed considered one of our correspondents that the party remained united and that “all is nicely with us.”
He added, “We carried out the most effective clear presidential and different primaries with out acrimony. So, no matter is going on now might be resolved.”
In the meantime, the Director-Basic, PDP Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Dr Bukola Saraki, has mentioned that the present challenges of Nigeria are past partisan consideration.
He famous that every one Nigerians, no matter their political persuasion, have been affected by the challenges, including that it was needful to get Nigeria working once more.
He spoke in an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Friday.
Saraki who can be the Senate President said that the PDP presidential marketing campaign could be issue-based, including that they’d not descend to hate speech or derogatory remarks.
Atiku would start his marketing campaign from Sokoto State on Monday, it was learnt on Saturday.
Tagged North-West zonal rally, the Director, Contact and Mobilisation Presidential Marketing campaign Organisation, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd), mentioned the rally could be attended by all members of the Nationwide Meeting, Nationwide Government Committee and Board of Trustees from the zone.