The Director, Strategic Communications, President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will soon be given a United States of America, US, visa, because he is a Candidate for the Presidency, in the 2019 general elections.
Keyamo revealed this in a statement, on Sunday, while reacting to allegations levelled against his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC, 2019 Presidential Candidate, by Atiku’s Campaign team.
He said that the US Congress in a report, titled: ‘Keeping foreign corruption out of the US’, featured Atiku as one of the four notorious cases of money laundering in the world.
The Senior Advocate stated: “Atiku’s co-conspirators, Williams Jefferson and Siemens, in the bribery deal, were convicted, and Jefferson went to jail. By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution.
“Already, he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a Guest of the State Department; a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential Candidate of Africa’s biggest nation.”
He pointed out that the Congress report noted that Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, a US citizen, who is the fourth wife of Atiku, from 2000 to 2008, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the US, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million, from little known offshore corporations.
Keyamo disclosed that rather than answer to the allegations, Atiku a few days ago, called President Muhammadu Buhari, over certain allegations of “corrupt practices”, which the President allegedly condones in his government.
The Senior Advocate, stressed that the US Department of Justice’s claim, that Atiku is not under investigation, does not exonerate the former Vice President.
He added: “How do we as a nation end up with anyone with this sordid record, locally and internationally? We have heard the lame defence that the US Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a defence for the ignorant ones.
“In the US, there are indictments the Justice Department can confirm to the world. But there is another category of indictments, known as sealed indictments, that the Justice Department cannot confirm to anyone. These indictments are sealed under the orders of a Judge.
“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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