Emerging report indicates that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has applied for a visa, to enable him visit the United States of America, US, any moment from now.
It was learnt that Atiku Abubakar appeared for an interview at the US Embassy, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
It was also gathered that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as a “political statement”, ahead of the 2019 Presidential election.
According to a source, those planning the trip with the former Vice President, “are out to use it to address some US Congress caucuses, as well as a high ranking officials in the Donald Trump administration.”
The source said: “I can authoritatively tell you that Atiku Abubakar went to the US Embassy, on Tuesday, for an interview, and there is hope that he will get it (visa).
“When he gets it, we will use it to make a political statement. This is because those saying he cannot travel to the US, will be shamed.
“Apart from that, the trip will be used to sell his candidature and that of the PDP to the entire world. So, let us wait and see what will happen. The PDP and Atiku are ready for the 2019 race.”
Earlier, Post-Nigeria reported that the Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had warned the US to be cautious about granting Atiku a visa, now.
Lai Mohammed stated that the government was aware of the move by the ex-VP to allegedly lobby the US to lift the visa ban imposed on him.
In a swift reaction, the PDP alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, “is already jittery, because of the calamity that will soon befall them.”
The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke on Atiku’s application for a US visa, asked the APC and the Federal Government to be ready to accept defeat, in the February 2019 Presidential election.
He said: “What is their own in the visa, that they are calling on the authorities of another country not to grant a private citizen?
“The fact is that the APC government has failed. They are already jittery. They know that the game is up, and that is why they have been running from pillar to post.
“Tell them that their days of deceit are over. Nigerians are tired of them, and they can no longer lie or take the people for a ride anymore.”
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