The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, January 17, arrived Washington DC with Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President.
Atiku who disclosed this via his official tweeter handle, was seen in a picture having a handshake with Saraki.
The former VP’s arrival in the U.S. may shock the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which has taunted him for his inability to enter the U.S. for over a decade.
Mr Abubakar has not visited the U.S. since 2007 when he left as Nigeria’s vice-president. He served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, DC, has reacted to the development.
A competent source at the embassy told the News Agency of Nigeria that the embassy was yet to get official information about the former vice president’s whereabouts in the US.
“Actually, we have not received any information for the embassy but we are just trying to find out whether really he is coming. That is what we are doing right now.
“They told us he’s coming tonight, today, so we are trying to find out whether he’s really coming.
“Mr (Peter) Obi, (Atiku’s running mate), he was to come last week but the event was cancelled.
“So we are still trying to see but if you get anything, please just let us know also because they said he’s coming here so that if you’re able to get any updated information, just inform us so that we can prepare vehicles to go to the airport and meet him and all that.
“For now, we have no information. If I am able to confirm anything, I will get back to you and please, if you too get any confirmation or any update, just get back to me, just call me.
“As a former Vice President, the Embassy is supposed to organise to receive him at the airport and all that, but then we have not received anything in that regards,” the source said.
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