Atiku Abubakar has spoken about the controversy regarding his inability to visit the United States rhetorically asking what he wants to go and do there.
In an interview with Voice of America Hausa, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked why he has not gone to the US and he responded: “What will i even go to do in America?”
The interview further pressed the former vice president saying there is a rumour that he would be arrested if he travels to the US for allegedly committing a crime.
In response, Atiku said if he was truly guilty of committing a crime, he would be arrested anywhere.
He said: “If i had committed crime, where couldn’t i be arrested”
Recall that Gbenga Daniel who is the director-general of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Orgsanisation has said that Atiku Abubakar has received signal from the US to apply for visa.
Speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday, October 31, Daniel said the US embassy has sent signals to Atiku who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He also said the claim that Atiku was corrupt has been over flogged. He said: "This issue of corruption perception appears to have been overflogged.
“I remember when we were running the campaign against the primary, and everybody kept confronting us with this perception; we kept saying the thing is no more than perception. Politically-motivated perception, which unfortunately appears to have stuck. But, by and large, I think as we move towards the real issues, people will begin to understand that all this is politically motivated.
"I have repeatedly said that we’re not in a Banana Republic. Nigerians, as a people, we know our weaknesses; anything that is negative about our leaders, we are ready to believe it hook, line and sinker. Until such a time when charges are pressed, then there are no issues as far as we are concerned.
“More than anything else, if you look at newspapers in the last few days, we’ve had even statements issued by the State Department that they have no issue whatsoever with Atiku Abubakar; and if I may chip this in, I can also confirm to you that in the last few days, there have been signals from the American officials that he should indeed come forward; they want him to come so that they would grant him visa."
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