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Obasanjo Lobbying The US To Lift Visa Ban On Atiku – OBJ Slammed For Changing Corruption Stand Against Atiku

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Obasanjo Lobbying The US To Lift Visa Ban On Atiku – APC Slams OBJ For Making U-Turn On Previous Corruption Stand Against Atiku

The leading party has described a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as a hypocrite and self-serving for allegedly putting pressure on the United States authorities to lift a visa ban on Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Abubakar is the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ruling party said this in a statement by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, on Friday.

The APC said it has credible reports that Mr Obasanjo made moves to secure United States entry visa for Mr Abubakar.

“It is learnt 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.

“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s intervention in Alh. Abubakar Atiku’s ban from the United States of America is evidence of Obasanjo’s legendary hypocrisy and self-serving interest in national affairs,” Mr Nabena said.

This is coming a day after Mr Obasanjo endorsed Mr Abubakar for president, making a U-turn from his previous stand.

Mr Obasanjo for a long time was not in good terms with his former vice president, a fact he reiterated in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in August.

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?”

“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support” he said.

Mr Obasanjo, however, endorsed Mr Abubakar for president on Thursday after mediation efforts by clerics and elderly politicians.



  1. iron bar

    October 12, 2018 at 11:38 PM

    Apc u just got served…orji uzo,akpabio,uduaghan have suddenly become saints after defecting to APC .u are now crying as the table has turned,karma is real..there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy in politics but permanent interest..kajikwo

  2. Mon

    October 13, 2018 at 2:03 AM

    That’s what all these stupid leaders are doing since time immemorial, lobbying the west with Nigeria money, and even Nigerians life just to be in power forever.. you cannot lobby without money.

    Now, he wants to hand Aturu or Atiku to the USA, for them to be fully in control of everything when in power (may God forbid), British is already in control of their own Buhari.
    In Nigeria, the majority of our stupid leaders are representing different countries and serious cold war is going on, none has the interest of Nigerians at heart at all, they are all spying themselves and reporting to their slave masters abroad.
    The masses need to boycott the election, that’s the only legitimate way to register their anger.

  3. DB

    October 13, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    This is what happens when a gorilla collabo with chimpazee to swindle real humans

  4. Jilo

    October 14, 2018 at 4:05 AM

    Obasanjo is suffering political amnesia, may be because he’s getting old.That is more why the westerners are looking at us as moron and idiot. How on earth would Obasanjo act as a middle man for the man that he castigated and punished for being corrupt. Let me categorically say this that this man must be banned for speaking publicly about politics.

    United States is not Nigeria where they sweep corruption under the carpet. Atiku will be arrested and jail because the congress man Jefferson mentioned his name during his deposition. Again why are we presenting ATIKU as the best choice now? what about other contestants? We masses are the problem of Nigeria not Buhari or ATIKU.

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