- Some members of the PDP will be visiting Washington, D.C. without the party's presidential candidate Atiku Abukakar
- The party's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, will take the centre-stage instead is Atiku
- There been reports that Atiku cannot visit the United States because he has a case to answer there
Without the company of Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will next week in Washington, D.C., advertise its programme and share insights on the future of US-Nigeria relations.
Taking the centre-stage instead is Atiku’s running mate, Peter Gregory Obi, according to an online report.
Obi will be a guest at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) to discuss the PDP’s economic and security objectives, as well as his views on the future of U.S.-Nigeria relations. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Established in Washington, D.C., over 50 years ago, the CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organisation dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world.
Atiku’s avoidance of the event further confirmed suspicion that he has a case to answer in the United States.
Recently, the spokesman of the Buhari campaign, senior lawyer Festus Keyamo said Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a sealed indictment waiting for him in the US. “The day he visits the US, not as a candidate in an election, he will face charges.”
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, President Buhari on Monday, January 7, formally received various members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s support groups from the northeast, who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Receiving delegation of the northeast political stakeholders including the defectors led by Umar Bukar Bolori, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari commended them for their decision, and also welcomed the new members to the APC.
He said he was not surprised by their defections because a good majority of the people in the northeast were traditionally APC members and supporters.
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