The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hired Brian Ballard, a top United States of America, USA, Lobbyist, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The influential Lobbyist has US President, Donald Trump, as one of his top clients.
Politico Magazine, a top publication in the US, stated that Ballard is closer to the US President than perhaps any other Lobbyist in town.
“He is parlayed that relationship into a booming business, helping clients get their way with the Trump administration; and his clients and even some of his rivals, say his firm has a better grasp of what is going on in the West Wing, than almost anyone else”, the Magazine said in a report.
“Ballard was one of the top fundraisers in the country for Trump’s campaign, and continues to raise millions for his re-election campaign. Wiles, one of his top Lieutenants, ran Trump’s campaign in Florida, and delivered the nation’s biggest swing State to the President.”
It was reliably gathered that the PDP has agreed to pay $90,000 (N31.5 million) allegedly, to Ballard, on a monthly basis, throughout the duration of the contract.
“This contract is entered into between the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria (“the Client”), Plot 1970, Michael Okpara Street, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, and Ballard Partners, Inc. (“the F irm”), 601, 13th Street NW, Suite 450N, Washington, D.C. 20005”, the agreement read.
“This agreement shall automatically renew for successive one-year periods, on the anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, unless either party terminates the agreement. Upon renewal this agreement may be terminated within thirty (30) days written notice by either party.
“Duties of the firm. It shall be the Firm’s duty to consult with the Client and advocate on its behalf, those issues the client deems necessary and appropriate before the US Federal Government. Issues and objectives may include, but not be limited to, enhancement of US Nigerian relations; strengthening and advancing democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria, with a special focus in the coming months, on maintaining political and security conditions free of intimidation and interference, in order to ensure the success and fairness of Nigeria’s national election for President, in 2019. It shall further be the Firm’s duty to inform the Client of developments in legislation and policy relevant to the Client’s issues and objectives.
“It shall be the Client’s duty to provide the Firm the information necessary to best represent the Client. It shall also be the Client’s duty to timely compensate the Firm for its services.
“Compensation. The Firm shall receive from the Client $90,000 a month, payable in quarterly installments for this agreement, plus the reasonable costs associated with the representation, including, but not limited to, necessary registration fees, and travel expenses.”
Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, signed the contract on behalf of the PDP.
This report comes two weeks after Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the party, led some PDP Stalwarts to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, for strategy meetings.
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