The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has described former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar’s visit to the United States as a desperate plot which culminated into a political and Public Relations disaster.
Recall that the PDP confirmed Atiku’s visit to the US to hold meetings with US government officials, the business community and the Nigerian community.
APC however noted that, rather than “being the highpoint of his campaign, the American visit is indeed the lowest watermark of Atiku Abubakar’s campaign”.
When did APC make the statement?
The APC disclosed this on Sunday in a statement issued by Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo.
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The statement referred to its past predictions in a press release issued on December 30, 2018, titled “When The Thief Is Shouting Thief”: The Case Of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar”, where it noted that “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”.
“Therefore, we were not surprised by his visit to the U.S. For us, this visit is really a non-event considering the issues involved in the forthcoming election”
Is Atiku’s Us trip relevant?
According to the statement, although the visit might be seen as a momentous event for Atiku, ‘the visit was nothing but a downright catastrophe because rather than dispel the fact of indictments hanging over his head, it further confirms and reinforces those facts for laid out reasons.
On APC’s Indications of Atiku’s ‘phony’ visit to the US
According to the statement, the visit was characterised by a phony nature due to the following reasons
(1) The visit had all the trappings of a fugitive sneaking into America under a “special diplomatic waiver”. For the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria, it is an absolute disaster that the visit was not announced ahead of time in Nigeria, with his programmes and itinerary clearly spelt out, the decent and customary minimum standard of such visits. This culminated in his close aides issuing conflicting statements about the visit when he was already on his way there.
(2) It is shameful that a presidential candidate of a major opposition party in Africa’s most populous country would visit America, and the international press was kept in the dark: There was NO SINGLE press conference with the array of international media and correspondents required for such ‘high-profile’ visit. Atiku knows he has no moral stamina to withstand the avalanche of hard questions bordering on his sordid past in America.
(3) For a candidate who claims he wants to “get Nigeria working again” (a meaningless phrase) to sneak into America without meeting major players in private businesses is a curiosity and an indication that we are dealing with a candidate with a dodgy and questionable character.
(4) It is also an anomaly that the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria sneaked into America and did not meet large sections of political leaders of similar ideologies and persuasions towards which he claims to be inclined. For all his claim to be going to America to meet “U.S Government officials”, he only succeeded in meeting a certain “Congressman Smith”, who is the equivalent of a member of the House of Representatives in Nigeria.
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The APC claimed that the visit was a desperate attempt to gain support for a man with questionable character.
Also the statement falsified Atiku’s submission on getting Nigeria working again adding that the country was already on a steady development path due to President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
“For the information of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his handlers, Nigerians know that Nigeria is already working again for everyone and not for a few.
“Finally, whoever advised Atiku Abubakar to undertake that trip to America just destroyed his entire campaign and exposed him for who he is – a questionable character who has continued to leave huge questions over his suitability for the highest office of the land and as such cannot be trusted by the Nigerian people”, the statement concluded.