U.S. Willing To Grant Visa To Atiku
The Director General of the Atiku campaign organisation, Gbenga Daniel, has disclosed that officials of the United States have informed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, that he would get a U.S. visa if he applies for one now.
Mr Daniel said this in an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today, on Wednesday.
“I can also confirm to you that in the last few days, there have been signals from the officials of the United States that he (Atiku) should come forward, that they will grant him visa. They want him to come to the United States of America,” he said.
There have been speculations in the media in recent years that Mr Abubakar was prohibited from entering the U.S. due to allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him, especially in the aftermath of a U.S. congressional report which probed his numerous international financial dealings.
While the ex-VP has dismissed insinuations that he cannot travel to the U.S, he, however, admitted that he was not granted a visa when he applied.
Speaking further, during the interview, Mr Daniel also explained that the perception of corruption that had tarred the image of Mr Abubakar over the years was misplaced.
”Well, my opinion is that the issue appears to have been over-flogged. I remember when we were running the campaign in the primaries and everybody kept confronting us on this perception and we brought it out in the open that indeed it is no more than perception, politically motivated perception which unfortunately appears not to have stopped.
”By and large, I think as we move toward the real issues, people would just realise that this is just politically motivated issues. I have repeatedly said that this is not a Banana Republic. Nigeria as a people, we know our weaknesses, anything that is nagetive about our leaders, we are ready to believe it.
”But until when (corruption) charges are pressed, as far as we are concerned, there are no issues there. If you look at the newspapers in the last few days, we have read statement issued by the (U.S.) state department that they have no issues or whatsoever with Atiku Abubakar.”