Former vice-president of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally arrived the United States of America, ending years of speculation-laden absence from the country.
Atiku has been away from America for about 12 years owing to an alleged visa ban.
The vice-president has been dared by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to visit the US and confront imminent legal troubles it claims are linked to alleged corruption.
Earlier on Thursday, one of Atiku’s spokespersons, Paul Ibe had denied reports of the trip, which appears to have been a closely guarded secret.
But in a stunning reversal, Ibe has now confirmed the development.
He released the following statement on Thursday night:
Former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has arrived Washington DC on a visit to the United States.
The PDP presidential candidate arrived at 20.20 hours (14.20 hours Washington DC time).
Yesterday, Atiku Abubakar met with the business community in Lagos at an interactive session to unveil his plans to get Nigeria working again.
Thursday morning, he left Abuja accompanied by the DG of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki for the United States.
Atiku Abubakar will in the course of his trip hold meeting with US government officials, the business community and the Nigerian community.
He returns to the country on Saturday.
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