The APC Campaign council has described as pointless the Presidential candidate of the PDP Alhaji Abubakar Atiku’s trip to Washington.
” The visit had all the trappings of a fugitive sneaking into America under a “special diplomatic waiver”, said Festus Keyamo in statement Sunday.
” 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.”
” In all, it is very obvious now that the so-called American trip was a desperate trip for photo-ops. Throughout the trip, Atiku Abubakar looked cagey, frightened and on edge.”
” 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.
” He claims he went to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, which is supposed to be a business federation. Again, the Twitter handle (@USChamber) and the website of the organization make no mention of the visit of such an ‘important personality’ to them. Maybe their famous American lobbyist on a salary of N9million per month can help them ‘do something’ about this after this press statement.”
Officials of the U.S Chamber of Commerce in a brief meeting with Per Second News correspondent confirmed a private meeting with Atiku and his delegation.
Head Communications for the U.S Chamber of Commerce Katharine Cooksey revealed to this newspaper that a Private meeting together with three other partners took place.
Further investigations by Per Second News revealed that an invitation was also extended to President Muhammadu Buhari weeks ago but the Chamber got no response.
A Senior Director, West & Central Africa, U.S.-Africa Business Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr Yao Guevera last week con firmed Per Second News findings that President Buhari was also invited alongside Alhaji Abubakar to speak to the chamber and dozens of business leaders in America.