Updated: March 1, 2021
Atiku Abubakar’s visit to the United States is giving President Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters serious headaches, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Timi Frank, said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C. on Friday.
For months, Mr Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, was demonized by the ruling APC.
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In statements, many supporters and senior party members claimed he would be arrested if he ever entered the United States.
But on Thursday, at about 2.30 pm local time, after his last visit to the United States 12 years ago, Mr Abubakar landed in Washington D.C.
After some meetings, Atiku proceeded to the Trump International Hotel where he is lodging.
His program on Friday is packed. He would be at the State Department in the morning and address leaders in the afternoon at the American Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.
He will grant a few interviews, including one to TODAY NEWS AFRICA’s Simon Ateba, and proceed to have a podcast with a famous American podcaster at The Washington Post building.
Frank said Atiku’s visit to America and his acceptance by the US government has shown the world, especially Nigerian voters that all campaign of colony against the Waziri Adamawa were just propaganda to demonise him, which Nigerians should disregard.
According to Frank, going to America wouldn’t have being an issue if not for the challenge APC threw at Atiku and to prove to the world that he (Atiku) has never been indicted of corruption allegation anywhere in the world.
Frank said Thursday’s night must have been a sleepless one for some leaders of APC who had lied to their supporters about Atiku.
“APC made it a campaign issue that Atiku can never step on American soil without being arrested. In fact, I have read so many APC supporters who vowed to vote for Atiku if he does. Now, I believe they can now deal with it.
“Obviously stunned by the reality, I advice those of you still in APC or supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid to have a change of mind now by joining the moving trains because the development has nailed the coffin of the APC’s propaganda.”
While thanking the American government for its fairness and refusal to succumb to blackmails by the APC apologists, Frank said that Atiku’s visit to America is about economy development of Nigeria, creating conducive businesses environment and create massives jobs for Nigerians.
He added that Atiku Abubakar’s presidency will strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and the United State of America if elected.
“Recall a statement credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, calling of the US not to give Atiku a Visa to the country. Lai Mohammed also stated that if Atiku is given a visa it will amount to an endorsement by the US government.
“The Minister should now know as predicted by him that by the special grace of God America will endorse Waziri Adamawa because he is a better candidate than President Muhammadu Buhari.”