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OBJ Lobbying US Authorities to Withdraw Atiku’s Entry Ban – APC

By Gabriel Atumeyi

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of lobbying the US Government to ease ban imposed on the entry into the United States of the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr Atiku Abubakar.
Yekini Nabena, the Acting Publicity Secretary of the APC, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said that after the much publicized reunion between former president Obasanjo and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, Obasanjo has been making attempts to persuade the US Government to allow Mr Atiku entry rights.
” We have come across credible reports that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made moves to secure United States entry visa for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar, whose candidacy he endorsed on Thursday.
” It is learnt that that the former President who during and after leaving office insisted on Atiku’s unsuitability to govern Nigeria based on his knowledge of the latter’s extensive corrupt practices while he served as Vice President, is lobbying US authorities to withdraw the ban reportedly placed on Atiku from entering the United States following a 2005 $500,000 bribery scandal that involved Atiku, his fourth wife, Jennifer and former United States Congressman, William Jefferson.
He added that Obasanjo was well aware of Atiku’s character and inclinations, which was why he dealt with him the way he did.
“The former president while in office had deployed enormous resources of the country on a global dragnet coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in getting Atiku prosecuted for corrupt enrichment and money laundering.
Nabena recalled that a report by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin reported that  Atiku used offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008.
“President Bush had on the strength of his report, barred Atiku and other corrupt politically exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States, a reason for which he has been unable to travel to the United States till date.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s intervention in Abubakar Atiku’s ban from the United States of America is evidence of Obasanjo’s legendary hypocrisy and self-serving interest in national affairs.”

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