Atiku ‘spent N400m’ to get US visa – Buhari media office

By David Abiola

The Buhari Media Organisation has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of hiring a US lobbyist for millions of dollars just to score cheap political points of securing an American visa.  

Former presidential spokesperson Doyin Okupe said weekend that Atiku will visit the US this month.

“The party had itself claimed that it would be paying Brian Ballard who is believed to be close to US President Donald Trump the equivalent of N400 million over a one- year period to ostensibly lobby Washington on behalf of its candidate ahead of the 2019 presidential election.”

This was disclosed in a statement by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and secretary Cassidy Madueke.

Atiku campaign organization has not responded to these allegations yet.

The group said even if Trump’s friend convinced the US authorities to clear the path for Atiku to finally enter the US, it won’t clear the former vice president of the alleged corruption scandals that have over the years stuck to him

“Nigerians are not prepared to easily forget how the PDP presidential candidate’s name featured in high profile sleaze probe ranging from that of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) to Siemens during his 8-year tenure as vice president,” the Buhari media office said.