The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he has arrived in Washington D.C., United States of America.
Abubakar said he was in the country for a meeting with US government officials and Nigerians. “Just arrived in Washington D. C. for a meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C. metropolis and the business community,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle on Thursday.
The former vice-president had been alleged to be involved in a corruption case which prevented him from travelling to the US for the past 13 years.
The ruling All Progressives Congress had dared him to travel to the US to prove his innocence.
Abubakar on Thursday around 8.26pm posted a photo of his visit to the US.
In the photo, where he was being presented with a bouquet of flowers, the presidential candidate was accompanied by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, DC, however, said it was not sure Abubakar would be visiting the United States any moment soon.
A competent source at the embassy told the News Agency of Nigeria that the embassy had 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 he is really coming. That is what we are doing right now.
“They told us he’s coming tonight, 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.
“For now, we have no information. If I am able to confirm anything, I will get back to you and 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, but we have not received anything in that regards,” the source said.
The Cable claimed that Atiku secretly flew out from Lagos on Wednesday.
Atiku was said to have been issued a US visa last December for the first time in 13 years.
The visa was reportedly facilitated by his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo.