Contrary to an earlier statement by the Special Adviser on Media to Atiku Abubakar, Paul Ibe, evidence has emerged that the PDP presidential candidate is indeed, in the United States of America.
Paul Ibe, who had earlier denied reports that Atiku had travelled to the US, later revealed that the former Vice president arrived Washingto DC yesterday at 20.20 hours (14.20 hours Washington DC time) and checked into Trump Hotel.
“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,” Ibe said.
Senate president, Bukola Saraki announced on Twitter yesterday:
— Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) January 17, 2019
Atiku’s spokesman, Segun Sowunmi also posted an update on Twitter showing the presidential candidate having a meeting, accompanied by Bukola Saraki, Ben Murray Bruce and other allies.
— Spokesman Atiku (@SpokesManAtiku) January 17, 2019
Opposition figure and social commentator, Reno Omokri also posted a video on Twitter:
HAPPENING NOW: More VIDEO of the next President of Nigeria (God willing), HE @Atiku Abubakar, In Washington DC where he would be meeting high level @realDonaldTrump officials as well as members of the US business community because Atiku means JOBS #AtikuInAmerica pic.twitter.com/ickseCVMRW
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 17, 2019
According to media reports, during his working visit to Washington DC, Atiku Abubakar will engage in bilateral meetings with a high powered, bi-partisan delegation of US congressmen who are deeply concerned and troubled about the future of democracy in Nigeria.
The delegation is seeking Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s views on how best the United States can support Nigeria in ensuring democracy at all levels and more importantly ensuring the will of the people prioritised at all times.
His Excellency will have several other meetings with business leaders, high ranking US government officials, thought leaders and Nigerians in the diaspora.